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- DescriptionFor millennia, messianic visions of redemption have inspired men and women to turn against unjust and oppressive orders. Yet these very same traditions are regularly decried as antecedents to the violent and authoritarian ideologies of modernity. Informed in equal parts by theology and historical theory, this book offers a provocative exploration of this double-edged legacy. Author Jayne Svenungsson rigorously pursues a middle path between utopian arrogance and an enervated postmodernism, assessing the impact of Judeo-Christian theologies of history on subsequent thinkers, and in the process identifying a web of spiritual and intellectual motifs extending from ancient Jewish prophets to contemporary radicals such as Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj Zizek.
- Author BiographyJayne Svenungsson is Professor of Systematic Theology at Lund University, Sweden. She is part of the interdisciplinary research program Time, Memory and Representation: Transformations in Historical Consciousness. Her recent publications include the books Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution, and Monument and Memory.
- Author(s)Jayne Svenungsson
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication01/09/2016
- SubjectChristian Theology
- Series TitleMaking Sense of History
- Series Part/Volume Number26
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Translated byStephen Donovan
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