Trials: Of Antigone and Jesus by William RobertTrials: Of Antigone and Jesus by William Robert

Trials: Of Antigone and Jesus

byWilliam Robert

Hardcover | May 7, 2010

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What does it mean to be called "human"? How does this affect or effect what it means to be called "divine"? This book responds to these questions in intertwined explorations of the passionate trials of Antigone and Jesus. Impelled by her love of the impossible, Antigone crosses uncrossableboundaries, confounds distinctions of nature and culture, and unearths and critiques the sexism implicit in humanism. The mode of humanity she develops offers a new way of considering Jesus. Through a close reading of Mark's gospel focused on Jesus' cry of abandonment from the cross, the author shows that to refigure humanity is also to refigure divinity and their relation. In the first extended treatment of Nancy's Corpus in English, the author proposes an innovative account of Jesus' humanity and divinity - one that can contribute to religious understandings of embodiment and prayer and can open avenues of inquiry into tragedy, sexual difference, posthumanism, andpolitics.
William Robert is a Humanities Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University.
Title:Trials: Of Antigone and JesusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:136 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 7, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823231658

ISBN - 13:9780823231652

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsInvocation1. Impossible Love2. Between Nature and Culture3. Surviving, Forever Foreign4. Cryptic Crossing5. Touching Transcendence, in the Flesh6. The Tragedy of ChristianityOpeningNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Explores a new mode of humanity engendered in the tragedy of the Greek heroine and applies it to a consideration of Jesus, as he is seen by believers as both mortal and divine."