2. Introduction: Benjamin's Aura

Critical Theory and Early Christianity - Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler - Matthew G. Whitlock

Matthew G. Whitlock [+-]
Seattle University
Matthew G. Whitlock (Ph.D. The Catholic University of America) is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. He researches the multilingual poetry of the LXX and the New Testament, publishing most recently in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly (“Acts 1:15-26 and the Craft of New Testament Poetry,” January 2014). He is also interested in the intersections between Paul, Acts of the Apostles, and the so-called apocryphal Acts. He wrote a chapter on Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline epistles (“From the Acts of the Apostles to Paul: Shaking off the Muffled Majesty of Impersonal Authorship” in Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera, Society of Biblical Literature, 2012) using the theories of Henry James, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Alain Badiou to consider what unifies these diverse works. Since 2010, Whitlock has participated in a faculty seminar on Critical Theory at Seattle University, researching the works of Badiou, Deleuze, DeLanda, Meillassoux, Bennett, and Latour.


This chapter includes (1) a brief biography of Walter Benjamin, (2) an examination of his key theories and ideas, including aura, textual citation and sublimation, urban spaces, and history and fragments of time, (3) a summary of how his theories have contributed and can continue to contribute to New Testament Studies and Early Christian Studies, (4) a preview of the three essays in this volume on Benjamin and early Christianity, and (5) a bibliography, including both primary and secondary literature.

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Whitlock, Matthew. 2. Introduction: Benjamin's Aura. Critical Theory and Early Christianity - Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781794135. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30145. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30145. Oct 2021

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