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IntercarnationsExercises in Theological Possibility$
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Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276455

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276455.001.0001

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Messianic Indeterminacy: A Comparative Study

Messianic Indeterminacy: A Comparative Study

(p.136) Chapter 8 Messianic Indeterminacy: A Comparative Study

Catherine Keller

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines comparative theology within the context of the Abrahamic rhizome as inseparable from political theology. The darkness of the messianic anointing is no more that of its frequent destructiveness than of its unknowable indeterminacy. Freed of any certain outcome or homecoming, the messianic hope breaks open a temporality of collective becoming. As messianic indeterminacy thereby darkens into “the nonknowing of a not-ending noone, the naught of our now entangles us indirectly in everyone—without untangling us from the direct demands of some one tradition.” The chapter suggests that the Jewish/Christian linkage of comparative messianism—as an acutely nonseparable difference—is closely intertwined with political theology. It also argues that one cannot speak of the relation of apophasis to apokalypsis except as a manifestation of the connection between mysticism and messianism.

Keywords:   comparative theology, political theology, messianic anointing, becoming, messianic indeterminacy, comparative messianism, apophasis, apokalypsis, mysticism, messianism

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