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The ExorbitantEmmanuel Levinas Between Jews and Christians$
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Kevin Hart and Michael A. Signer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230150

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230150.001.0001

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Should Jews and Christians Fear the Gifts of the Greeks?

Should Jews and Christians Fear the Gifts of the Greeks?

Reflections on Levinas, Translation, and Atheistic Theology

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(p.211) Should Jews and Christians Fear the Gifts of the Greeks?
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The Exorbitant
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Paul Franks

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230150.003.0013

This chapter considers the question of what in Levinas's thinking is Jewish, and what is Christian. Levinas himself is not immune to the temptation to announce the exclusive essences of Christianity and Judaism. Yet something in his thinking can help us to resist the temptation. It is argued that we should thank Levinas for his contributions to peace between Judaism and Christianity. In particular, he has given Christians a conception of Judaism, and he has given Jews a conception of Christianity, that each can not only tolerate but also acknowledge.

Keywords:   Emmanuel Levinas, Judaism, Christianity, incarnation

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