The Genealogy of a Modern Notion

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Daniel Boyarin
Key Words in Jewish Studies
  • New Brunswick, NJ: 
    Rutgers University
    , October
     234 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Adele Reinhartz forthcoming.


Judaism makes the bold argument that the very concept of a religion of ‘Judaism’ is an invention of the Christian church. The intellectual journey of world-renowned Talmud scholar Daniel Boyarin, this book will change the study of “Judaism”—an essential key word in Jewish Studies—as we understand it today. Boyarin argues that although the world treats the word “Judaism” as appropriate for naming an alleged religion of the Jews, it is in fact a Christian theological concept only adopted by Jews with the coming of modernity and the adoption of Christian languages.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Daniel Boyarin is Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Imagine no Religion: How Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities.


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