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Goy : Israel's multiple others and the birth of the gentile

Adi Ophir and Ishay Rosen-Zvi.
  • Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Copyright Notice: ©2018
  • First edition.
  • viii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • "Goy: Israel's multiple others and the birth of the gentile traces the development of the term and category of the goy from the Bible to rabbinic literature. Adi Ophir and Ishay Rosen-Zvi show that the category of the goy was born much later than scholars assume; in fact not before the first century CE. They explain that the abstract concept of the gentile first appeared in Paul's Letters. However, it was only in rabbinic literature that this category became the center of a stable and long standing structure that involved God, the Halakha, history, and salvation. The authors narrate this development through chronological analyses of the various biblical and post biblical texts (including the Dead Sea scrolls, the New Testament and early patristics, the Mishnah, and rabbinic Midrash) and synchronic analyses of several discursive structures. Looking at some of the goy's instantiations in contemporary Jewish culture in Israel and the United States, the study concludes with an examination of the extraordinary resilience of the Jew/goy division and asks how would Judaism look like without the gentile as its binary contrast"--Publisher's website.
  • Nokhri, ger, and the art of separation in the Hebrew Bible
  • Fragile particularism, virtual universalism
  • The missing goy in Second Temple literature
  • Nations and goyim, Hellēnes and others
  • Paul and the non-ethnic Ethnē
  • The formation of the binary structure in early rabbinic literature
  • One goy, multiple language games
  • Gentiles are not barbarians.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-320) and indexes.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; FY2019.
  • 0198744900
  • 9780198744900
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2017948334
  • OCLC: 1005884201
  • OCLC: 1005884201