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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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The Disincarnation of the Word

The Disincarnation of the Word

The Trace of God in Reading Scripture

(p.32) The Disincarnation of the Word
The Exorbitant

Robert Gibbs

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses the complex question of how a translation from Jewish to Christian readings of scripture can occur. It explores the relation of Jewish scriptural hermeneutics to Levinas's philosophy. It argues that Levinas takes his distance from one of the central doctrines of Christianity: incarnation. Levinas does not view the other person, particularly his face, as an incarnation of God or of the infinite. His account of the face portrays how it disrupts the reification that our judgments impose both on the other person and on God.

Keywords:   Emmanuel Levinas, name of God, Christian theology, face incarnation, scripture, Jewish reading

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