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Profaning Paul

Cavan W. Concannon

Profaning Paul

Cavan W. Concannon

184 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226815657 Will Publish December 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226815633 Will Publish December 2021
E-book $26.99 ISBN: 9780226815640 Will Publish December 2021
A critical reconsideration of the repeated use of the biblical letters of Paul.
 
The letters of Paul have been used to support and condone a host of evils over the span of more than two millennia: racism, slavery, imperialism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism, to name a few. Despite, or in some cases because of, this history, readers of Paul have felt compelled to reappropriate his letters to fit liberal or radical politics, seeking to set right the evils done in Paul’s name. Starting with the language of excrement, refuse, and waste in Paul’s letters, Profaning Paul looks at how Paul’s “shit” is recycled and reconfigured. It asks why readers, from liberal Christians to academic biblical scholars to political theorists and philosophers, feel compelled to make Paul into a hero, mining his words for wisdom. Following the lead of feminist, queer, and minoritized scholarship, Profaning Paul asks what would happen if we stopped recycling Paul’s writings. By profaning the status of his letters as sacred texts, we might open up new avenues for imagining political figurations to meet our current and coming political, economic, and ecological challenges.
 
Contents
Searching for Paul in the Bathroom
Staying with the Shit
Interlude: Feeling Like Shit
The Bible Doesn’t Smell
Interlude: Owning My Shit
Redeeming Paul
Splitting Paul
Interlude: Back to the Dump
Profaning Paul
A Sometimes Paul
Paul’s Shit
Refusing Paul

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
 
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