Divining History: Prophetism, Messianism and the Development of the Spirit ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jayne Svenungsson

Divining History: Prophetism, Messianism and the Development of the Spirit

Berghahn Books
Publication date: August 2016
ISBN: 9781785331749
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For 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 Jewish and 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.

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