Daniel Boyarin

Professor Emeritus

I’m working on a book to be called, How the Jews Got Religion in which I will argue that the very notion of “religion” is of Christian origins to serve particular discursive needs of Christianity, resisted by Jews–for whom there is not native word that means Judaism until the 18th century. I will be teaching the material for this new book in my Rhetoric of Religion course in Spring 2012, which should be understood as the Rhetoric of “Religion.”

PhD (Talmud), Jewish Theological Seminary

Research interests: 

The invention of Christianity & Judaism
The Babylonian Talmud