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Professor Roland Boer

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School of Humanities and Social Science

Left of his field

Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Professor Roland Boer.

Roland Boer

Roland Boer is not your average scholar, nor is he a typical theologian. The academic who enjoys stirring up debate with articles under such arresting titles as Lenin the Nudist, believes a measure of provocation is a good thing if it stimulates thought and discussion about religion.

The director of the Faculty of Education and Arts' Religion, Marxism and Secularism project describes himself, on his curiously titled but well-patronised blog Stalin's Moustache, as someone who likes "speaking my mind" and basks in one reviewer's assessment of his sentiments as "the oddest I have ever read in a scholarly work."

But for all this spirited subversion, Boer is a widely read and internationally recognised academic theologian whose prolific writing has broadened dialogue not only in his specialty research field, Marxist interaction with religion, but across the spectrum of religious and political debate.

The son of a Presbyterian minister, Boer's theological path took an unorthodox turn during a course in political and liberation theology while studying for a Bachelor of Divinity degree at the University of Sydney in the 1980s. Rather than read theologians writing on Marxism, Boer decided to go back to the source and read Marx, which proved a revelatory experience.

"There is a tradition within Marxism of engagement with religion that is usually characterised as atheistic and disinterested, but I argue there is a continuous stream of major Marxist figures who have written on questions of religion and engaged specifically with the Bible or with theological debate,'' Boer said.

"Some people contend that Marxism borrowed its main ideas from Christianity and Judaism and reconstructed them as secular ideology, but I think that is extremely simplistic – the relationship is much more complex."

Boer maintains that Marx's famous quote about religion being the "opium of the people" has been largely misinterpreted, given that, when Marx used the phrase, opium was as valued for its medicinal qualities as it was denounced for its addictive potential.

"That ambivalence over religion is really what is embodied in Marx's metaphor, rather than the notion that it is just a drug that dulls the senses and makes you forget your suffering," he said.

Boer was recently awarded the prestigious Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize for In the Vale of Tears (Brill and Haymarket, 2014). It is the final book in a seminal five-volume series, The Criticism of Heaven and Earth, that offers critical commentary on the tradition of interactions between Marxism and theology. The prize also recognises the significant contribution of the series as a whole, which has found a wide audience among theologians, Marxist analysts, historians, sociologists, philosophers and others, and which were or are being translated into several languages. He has found ready engagement especially in China, where much of his work has been translated or has appeared first in Chinese. A frequent visitor and teacher in China, with close collaborative links, he is deeply interested in the way Marxism is still very much the dominant political ideology, but with a distinct and unique development in terms of "Chinese characteristics."

The Criticism of Heaven and Earth series is part of a wider program of Boer's academic work. In 2012, he was awarded a prestigious Discovery Projects grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC), his fifth grant from the national body, to pursue a novel line of research on Lenin's interactions with religion. In 2013, he was awarded his sixth ARC Discovery Project grant for The Sacred Economy, which undertakes a wholesale reconstruction of the Bible's ancient economic context. The project is framed theoretically by the Marxian Régulation School of economic theory, Soviet-era studies, and works of ancient-world economists. The Sacred Economy will be published in the authoritative Library of Ancient Israel series with Westminster John Knox Press in early 2015.

Boer still has a toehold in mainstream religion but prefers to "go incognito" on his visits to church these days.

"The Christian communist tradition is what really interests me and keeps me involved with religion," he said, "I am fascinated by the radical, revolutionary dimension of Christianity."

Left of his field

Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Roland Boer.

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Career Summary

Biography

Like the vast majority of Australians, I am the child of immigrants. My parents immigrated in the late 1950s, when the economies of north-western Europe were in a bad way (and when the Australian government was using propaganda to get people here). They met in Australia and I was born while they were still Dutch citizens. In fact, English is my second language, since the first language I learnt was Dutch. Since that time, I feel as though I have lived many lives.

My major interest is in Marxism, philosophy and religion. However, I came to Marxism via an idiosyncratic way: through theology! I was brought up in a clergyman’s household, since my father was a theologian and minister. So it is very much part of who I am, especially in terms of Reformed theology. Only later did I discover that Engels had a similar upbringing, since he was deeply influenced by the Reformed tradition. So it is perhaps not so uncommon to move from Calvin to Marx (while keeping Calvin very much present).

But in the late 1980s, I took a course in Political and Liberation Theologies (as part of my second degree – my first degree was in European Classics). The course made me want to study Marx rather than read about his work. So my Masters degree focussed on Marx and Hegel. Ever since then, I have explored the myriad permutations of the intersections between Marxism, philosophy and religion.

This has taken me to Marxist philosophy, biblical criticism, theology, political theory, cultural and literary analysis and history. I have become particularly interested in radically progressive religious movements, inspired by radical theology. In that light, I call myself a Christian communist.

It has also taken me to China, where I now work as a research professor for up to half of each year. Why China? My work initially focused on Western European Marxism, resulting in the five-volume series, The Criticism of Heaven and Earth (2007-14). By this time, I became very interested in the Russian communists and the Soviet Union – after spending much time in Eastern Europe. Books on Lenin (2013) and Stalin (2017) followed, with the result that I became focused on the realities of socialism in power rather than seeking power.

I was clearly heading eastwards, if one thinks in terms of the northern hemisphere. From my perspective, I was moving increasingly northwards, since I come from the global south. Hence China. It has been a profoundly unsettling and creative experience. Unsettling because I have had to break down all of my assumed categories of analysis, especially in Marxism (which is a discipline in its own right in China). I have been learning a new language and am now able to work with Chinese scholarship. Creative because it has led me to begin thinking about Chinese Marxism in ways I never expected, taking seriously their claims to a whole new development of Marxism in theory and practice. The outcome is a project on socialism in power, which involves Chinese and foreign scholars.

At the same time, I am somewhat outside the whole university and academic system. Or rather, I have one foot inside and one foot outside, which I manage by keeping to a half-time position. To that end, I often disappear for long periods on my bicycle or hiking, away from any mobile phone contact or other people, deep in the mountains, forests and countryside of Australia, Europe and China. I also like to travel by container ship, taking weeks to get to another place, arriving in a new country as human beings have done for millennia: slowly and gently.

Please: most of this website is incomplete. For regularly updated information, see my blog, Stalin's Moustache.


Qualifications

  • PhD, McGill University - Canada

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/2016 -  Distinguished Overseas Research Professor Renmin Unversity of China, Beijing
China

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2014 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize
Deutscher Prize
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (44 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Boer R, Petterson C, Time of Troubles A New Economic Framework for Early Christianity, Fortress Press, 252 (2017)
2017 Boer RT, Stalin: From Theology to the Philosophy of Socialism in Power, Springer, Singapore (2017)
2015 Boer R, The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel, Westminster John Knox, Louisville, 332 (2015) [A1]
2015 Boer R, Marxist Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Bloomsbury, London, 325 (2015) [A4]
2014 Boer R, In the Vale of Tears: On Marxism and Theology V, Brill, Leiden and Chicago, 392 (2014) [A1]
2014 Boer R, Petterson C, Idols of Nations: Biblical Myth at the Origins of Capitalism, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 208 (2014) [A1]
Citations Scopus - 6
2013 Boer R, Lenin, Religion, and Theology, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 360 (2013) [A1]
2013 Boer R, Postcolonialism and the Hebrew Bible: The Next Step, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 298 (2013) [A3]
2013 Boer R, Cennetin Elestirisi: Marksizm ve Teoloji (Criticism of Heaven: On Marxism and Theology), Ayrinti Yayinlari, Istanbul, 548 (2013) [A4]
2013 Boer R, Postcolonialism and the Hebrew Bible: The Next Step, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 298 (2013) [A3]
2012 Boer R, Symposia: Dialogues concerning the history of biblical Interpretation (2012) [A1]

© Roland Boer 2007. All rights reserved. Symposia illuminates the central issues and concerns of biblical studies by presenting a series of stories. The model for the stories is ... [more]

© Roland Boer 2007. All rights reserved. Symposia illuminates the central issues and concerns of biblical studies by presenting a series of stories. The model for the stories is the ancient Greek idea of the symposium, a ¿sitting down together for the purpose of drinking¿. In Plato's writings, the symposium becomes a genre of writing with Socrates at its centre, a character who perpetually questions in order to develop the pursuit of knowledge. Some of the most influential figures in the history of biblical studies - Julius Wellhausen, Hermann Gunkel, Martin Noth, Brevard Childs, Norman Gottwald, Phyllis Trible, and the Bible and Culture Collective - become the central characters in these stories. Each aims to voice their central arguments, to highlight and confront the key challenges they see and, of course, to dispute the positions of others

2012 Boer R, Nick Cave: A Study of Love, Death and Apocalypse, Equinox, London, 162 (2012) [A1]
2012 Boer R, Criticism of Heaven: The Author's Cut, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, 735 (2012) [A1]
2012 Boer RT, Carden M, Kelso J, The One Who Reads May Run: Essays in Honor of Edgar W. Conrad, T & T Clark, London, 266 (2012) [A3]
2012 Boer RT, The earthy nature of the Bible : Fleshly readings of sex, masculinity, and carnality, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, 196 (2012) [A1]
Citations Scopus - 4
2012 Boer RT, Criticism of Earth : On Marx, Engels and Theology, Brill, The Netherlands, 391 (2012) [A1]
2012 Boer RT, Carden M, Kelso J, The One Who Reads May Run: Essays in Honor of Edgar W. Conrad, T & T Clark, London, 266 (2012) [A3]
2012 Boer R, The Future of the Biblical Past: Envisioning Biblical Studies on a Global Key, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 382 (2012) [A3]
2012 Boer R, Ideology, Culture, and Translation, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 228 (2012) [A3]
2011 Boer RT, Critica Del Cielo, Critica Della Terra: Saggi Su Marxismo, Religione e Teologia, Ombrecorte, Rome, 207 (2011) [A2]
2011 Boer RT, Criticism of Theology: On Marxism and Theology III, Brill, Leiden, 368 (2011) [A1]
2010 Boer R, Criticism of Heaven, Volume 2 (Chinese translation), CCLM Publishing, Taipei, 276 (2010) [A5]
2010 Boer R, ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ (Knockin¿ on Heaven's Door: The Bible and Popular Culture), Altera, Sofia, 310 (2010) [A5]
2010 Boer RT, Secularism and Biblical Studies, Equinox Publishing, London, 219 (2010) [A3]
2010 Boer R, Kritik af Himlen: Om Marxisme og Teologi, Forlaget Anis, Copenhagen, 280 (2010) [A5]
2010 Boer R, ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ (The Bible and the Alternative Left), Nonbahb Publishing, Seoul, 264 (2010)
2009 Boer R, Criticism of Heaven, Volume 1 (Chinese translation), CCLM Publishing, Taipei, 281 (2009) [A5]
2009 Boer RT, Political Grace: The Revolutionary Theology of John Calvin, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, 148 (2009) [A1]
2009 Boer RT, Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes, Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, 254 (2009) [A1]
2009 Boer RT, Criticism of Religion: On Marxism and Theology, II, Brill Publishers, Leiden, 280 (2009) [A1]
2008 Boer R, Rescuing the Bible (2008) [A1]

What is the future for the Bible, one of the most important books in the world? In this manifesto, Roland Boer explores the idea that the Bible is an unruly and uncontrollable tex... [more]

What is the future for the Bible, one of the most important books in the world? In this manifesto, Roland Boer explores the idea that the Bible is an unruly and uncontrollable text that has been colonized by church, synagogue, and state. Powerfully argues that the Bible needs to be rescued from its abuse by the religious and political right Considers the history of revolutionary readings of the Bible, from Gerrard Winstanley to the present Urges a role for the Bible in a new "worldly left": an alliance between the religious and secular left that can promote more progressive readings of the text Concludes by offering a "political myth" from the Bible that condemns oppression, imagines a better society and celebrates the biblical themes of opposition and chaos. © 2007 Roland Boer.

DOI 10.1002/9780470692615
Citations Scopus - 5
2008 Boer R, Kao da Kucam na Rajska Vrata: Biblija i Popularna Kultura, Biblioteka XX Vek, Belgrade, 365 (2008) [A5]
2008 Boer R, Last Stop Before Antarctica: The Bible and Postcolonialism in Australia, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, 201 (2008) [A1]
2008 Boer R, Okland J, Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible, Sheffield Phoenix, Sheffield, 252 (2008) [A3]
2007 Boer R, Criticism of Heaven: On marxism and theology (2007) [A1]
Citations Scopus - 3
2007 Boer R, Bakhtin and Genre Theory in Biblical Studies, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 238 (2007)
2006 Boer R, Novel Histories: The Fiction of Biblical Criticism, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 221 (2006)
2003 Boer R, Marxist Criticism of the Bible, Continuum, London, 288 (2003) [A1]
2003 Boer R, Redirected Travel: Alternative Journeys and Places in Biblical Studies, T & T Clark, London, 264 (2003)
2002 Boer R, Tracking ¿The Tribes of Yahweh¿: On the Trail of a Classic, Continuum, London, 205 (2002)
2001 Boer R, A Vanishing Mediator? The Absence/Presence of the Bible in Postcolonialism, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 214 (2001)
1999 Boer R, Knockin' on Heaven's Door: The Bible and Popular Culture, Routledge, London, 231 (1999)
1999 Boer R, The Labour of Reading: Desire, Alienation and Biblical Interpretation, Scholars Press, Atlanta, 317 (1999)
1993 Boer R, Jameson and Jeroboam, Scholars Press, Atlanta, 385 (1993)
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Chapter (114 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Boer RT, 'Modes of production and reading labors on the margins: Marxist Feminist criticism of the Hebrew Bible', Feminist Interpretation of the Bible in Retrospect, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield, UK 326-344 (2016) [B1]
2016 Boer RT, 'Imperial fetish: on anti-Imperial readings of the Bible', Psychoanalytic Mediations between Marxist and Postcolonial Readings of the Bible, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA 45-64 (2016) [B1]
2016 Boer RT, 'Stalin and the theology of class struggle', Og Theologie: Festskrift til Carsten Pallesen, Eksistensen, Copenhagen, Denmark 315-334 (2016)
2016 Boer RT, 'Reconsidering contradiction', The International Horizon of Chinese Marxist Discourse: The Perspectives of Literature and Philosophy, Renmin University of China, Renmin, China 36-50 (2016)
2016 Boer RT, 'Towards a theory of the socialist state', Dialogues on Marx: China and the 'West', Center for Contemporary Marxism in Foreign Countries, Fudan, China 334-343 (2016)
2016 Boer RT, 'Egypt as a space of fear and a space of hope', Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred, T & T Clark, London 23-26 (2016)
2016 Boer RT, 'Freud, Adorno and the ban on images', Psychoanalytic Mediations between Marxist and Postcolonial Readings of the Bible, Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Atlanta, GA 65-77 (2016) [B1]
2016 Boer RT, 'The economic politics of Biblical narrative', The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Narrative, Oxford University Press, New York 529-539 (2016)
2016 Boer RT, 'Althusser's religious revolution', Althusser and Theology: Religion, Politics and Philosophy, Brill, Leiden, Netherlands 18-30 (2016) [B1]
DOI 10.1163/9789004291553_004
2015 Boer R, 'From Horse Kissing to Beastly Emissions: Paraphilias in the Ancient Near East', Sex in Antiquity: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World, Taylor and Francis, Oxford 67-79 (2015)
2015 Boer R, 'The Biblical Rhetoric of Vladimir Ulianov', Simulating Aichele: Essays in Bible, Film, Culture and Theory, Sheffield Phoenix, Sheffield 213-224 (2015)
2015 Boer R, 'The Matriarch's Muff', Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements, Sheffield Phoenix, Sheffield 56-68 (2015)
2015 Boer R, 'Unlikely Bedfellows: Lenin, Calvin and Nick Cave', Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice, Bloomsbury, London 141-153 (2015)
2015 Boer R, 'Sand, Surf, and Scriptures', Island, Islanders, and Bible: Ruminations, SBL Publications, Atlanta 165-175 (2015)
2015 Boer R, 'Freedom, Democracy, and the Socialist Transformation', Religion After Secularization in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 159-176 (2015)
2015 Boer R, 'On the Feasibility of Subsistence Economics', Reading the Bible in an Age of Crisis: Political Exegesis for a New Day, Fortress Press, Minnapolis 109-130 (2015)
2014 Boer R, 'Contemporary Critical Theory and Western Theology (¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿)', Comparative Literature and World Literature, Peking University Press, Beijing 99-113 (2014) [B1]
2014 Boer R, 'Bloodthirsty Little Brats: The Child¿s Desire for Biblical Violence', Little Red Readings: Historical Materialist Perspectives on Children¿s Literature, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson 213-227 (2014) [B1]
2014 Boer R, 'Theo-Utopian Hearing: Ernst Bloch on Music', The Dialectics of the Religious and the Secular: Studies on the Future of Religion, Brill, Leiden 100-133 (2014) [B1]
2014 Boer R, 'Marx and the Christian Logic of the Secular State', Secularisations and Their Debates: Perspectives on the Return of Religion in the Contemporary West, Springer, Dordrecht 65-77 (2014) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7116-1
2014 Boer R, 'Nick Cave and Death', The Counter-Narratives of Radical Theology and Popular Music: Songs of Fear and Trembling, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 153-173 (2014) [B1]
2013 Boer R, 'Paul of the Gaps: Agamben, Benjamin and the Puppet Player', Paul in the Grip of the Philosophers: The Apostle and Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Fortress Press, Minneapolis 57-67 (2013) [B1]
2013 Boer R, 'Paul and materialist grace: Slavoj ¿i¿ek's reformation', Paul and the Philosophers 186-209 (2013)

Copyright © 2013 Fordham University Press. All rights reserved. At a point close to the turn of the millennium, Slavoj ¿i¿ek underwent a "conversion," if not a "... [more]

Copyright © 2013 Fordham University Press. All rights reserved. At a point close to the turn of the millennium, Slavoj ¿i¿ek underwent a "conversion," if not a "reformation"-he began to appreciate the role of Christian theology, especially of a Protestant variety. After a long and convoluted search that gets lost time and again in various cul-de-sacs (ethics, law, and love), in the end he fixes on the Protestant doctrine of grace, albeit with a materialist, political core. In what follows I begin with the challenge that led to ¿i¿ek's "conversion." For one who had held Christianity and Marxism at arm's length, ¿i¿ek has emerged as a proponent of both at the beginning of the new millennium. He has done so, I suggest, in response to the challenge posed to him by Judith Butler and Ernesto Laclau in Contingency, Hegemony, Universality.1 There Butler points out that psychoanalysis cannot provide the basis for a viable politics, particularly because it will constantly raise the issue of the constitutive exception to any political move, while Laclau picks up on the highly undeveloped status of ¿i¿ek's more recent statements in favor of Marxism. And the criticism bites, so much so that it will lead eventually to his double "conversion," one to Christ and the other to Marx. While the "conversion" to Marx, or rather Lenin, was not possible without the "conversion" to Christ, or rather Paul, and vice versa, it is not quite so balanced. Whereas ¿i¿ek has identified himself openly as a Marxist-Leninist, calling himself a "fighting materialist" like Lenin,2 he does not make the same move for Christianity, although he does venture an occasional "we Christians" or "true Christians." You will not find him sneaking off to a Reformed worship service, although he would probably spend the afternoon arguing about the sermon with the minister over a glass of wine and a cigar. However, a major reason for his turn to Pauline Christianity is that it enables him to get out of the closed circuit of Lacan's psychoanalysis, however fleeting and haphazard that escape might be, and make the move to Lenin. How does¿i¿ek get from Lacan to Lenin? Through the founding figure of Christianity-Paul-a necessary and by no means vanishing mediator who enables the move from one to the other. He did not get quite so far in his initial responses to Butler and Laclau, for he first had to negotiate the insistent challenge from Alain Badiou. Although he will eventually draw the means of his breakout from Badiou's book on Paul, in his initial engagement with Badiou, ¿i¿ek focuses on the challenge Badiou poses for psychoanalysis. That challenge is that psychoanalysis deals, however well, with our everyday world full of quotidian exploitation, political disappointment, and fundamental injustice. In Badiou's terms, this is the Order of Being, while in Lacan's terms it is the intertwining of law and desire- Terms that are, in fact, those of Paul as well. For Badiou, the event named by Paul enables the militant revolutionary movement of which Paul's early Christians are the prime model. Here I focus on ¿i¿ek's response to Badiou, particularly in The Ticklish Subject. He answers Badiou in terms of the constitutive exception: every effort at emancipation, every Cause (¿i¿ek's preferred term for the truth event) has to face up to the constitutive exception, to the underside that both enables the Cause to get under way in the first place and hobbles it every step of the way. This argument renders ¿i¿ek unable to take up a distinct political position, however much he may wish to do so. What also interests me here is the way¿i¿ek neglects other elements of Badiou's work, particularly his discussion of materialist grace, to which ¿i¿ek returns only much later. By materialist grace I mean an imminent, this-worldly grace that retains the focus...

2013 Boer R, 'The Privatization of Eschatology and Myth: Ernst Bloch vs. Rudolf Bultmann', The Privatization of Hope: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia, Duke University Press, Durham 106-120 (2013) [B1]
2013 Boer R, 'Thus I Cleansed Them from Everything Foreign: The Search for Subjectivity in Ezra-Nehemiah', Postcolonialism and the Hebrew Bible: The Next Step, Atlanta Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 220-237 (2013) [B1]
2013 Boer R, 'Introduction: The Hebrew Bible and Postcolonialism', Postcolonialism and the Hebrew Bible: The Next Step, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 1-7 (2013) [B2]
2013 Boer R, 'Spermatic Spluttering Pens: Concerning the Construction and Breakdown of Prophetic Masculinity', Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 215-235 (2013) [B1]
2013 Boer R, 'Three Questions on Economics for G.E.M. de Ste. Croix', Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J. A. Clines, Atlanta Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 219-230 (2013) [B1]
2013 Boer R, 'Black Saturday: Representing Catastrophe', Small Screen Revelations: Apocalypse in Contemporary Television, Sheffield Phoenix, Sheffield 59-73 (2013) [B1]
2013 Boer R, 'Preface to the Turkish Translation', Cennetin Elestirisi: Marksizm ve Teoloji (Criticism of Heaven and Earth: On Marxism and Theology), Ayrinti Yayinlari, Istanbul vii-viii (2013) [O1]
2013 Boer R, 'The German pestilence: Re-assessing Feuerbach, Strauss and Bauer', 'Is This Not the Carpenter?': The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus 33-56 (2013) [B1]

© Thomas L. Thompson and Thomas S. Verenna 2012. All rights reserved. What is the relevance or actuality, as the French like to say, of David Strauss and Bruno Bauer (and for tha... [more]

© Thomas L. Thompson and Thomas S. Verenna 2012. All rights reserved. What is the relevance or actuality, as the French like to say, of David Strauss and Bruno Bauer (and for that matter, Ludwig Feuerbach) today? In their own time they caused outrage, were sacked from university posts and denied positions. Outside Germany (Prussia) they were known as part of the corroding ¿German Pestilence¿ that would ruin almost two millennia of facts about the Bible. No less a thinker than Nietzsche made a shipwreck of his faith after reading Strauss. In our own time, especially with the so-called minimalist position in biblical studies, we find a return to many of their concerns. It is as though the implications of the radical work of these nineteenth-century scholars have yet to be realized. This essay concerns itself with three topics. First, it considers the reasons for the theological turn of German philosophy in the first decades of the nineteenth century. Why did all of the major debates concerning reason, republicanism, democracy, the nature of the state, freedom of speech and of the press, the relations of church and state and even economics take place on the territory of the Bible, especially the New Testament Gospels? An exploration of the context in relation to other European centres draws out the reasons for this distinct German turn to theology. I also argue that this was the situation which launched a century-long global domination of biblical criticism by German biblical scholarship.

2013 Boer R, 'Drunkenness VII: Literature', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume VII: Dress ¿ Essene Gate, De Gruyter, Berlin 40-42 (2013) [D2]
2013 Boer R, 'Dualism VIII: Literature', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume VII: Dress ¿ Essene Gate, De Gruyter, Berlin 66-66 (2013) [D2]
DOI 10.1515/ebr.dualism
2012 Boer R, 'Door, Doors V: Literature', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume VI: Dabbesheth ¿ Dreams and Dream Interpretation, Walter De Gruyter, Berlin 1095-1096 (2012) [D2]
2012 Boer R, 'A False Universal? The Particular Roots of Western Ethics', Proceedings of the Second Nishan Forum on World Civilisations, May, 2012, Volume 2, Secretariat of the Organizing Committee of the Nishan Forum on World Civilizations, Jining 772-798 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, 'Is Religion a Primary Cause? The Dilemma of G.E.M de Ste. Croix', Global Future of Religion, International Peace Studies Centre, London 279-288 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, 'Bloch, Ernst (1885-1977)', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Volume IV: Birsha ¿ Chariot of Fire, De Gruyter, Berlin 200-201 (2012)
2012 Boer R, 'Circumcision VI: Literature', In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume V: Charisma ¿ Czazkes, De Gruyter, Berlin 340-341 (2012)
2012 Boer R, 'Decapitation IV: Literature', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume VI: Dabbesheth ¿ Dreams and Dream Interpretation, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 435-437 (2012) [D2]
2012 Boer R, 'Deliverance V: Literature', In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume VI: Dabbesheth ¿ Dreams and Dream Interpretation, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 507-508 (2012) [D2]
2012 Boer R, 'A Fleshly Reading: Masochism, Ecocriticism and the Song of Songs', Far From Minimal: Celebrating the Work and Influence of Philip R. Davies, T & T Clark, London 52-60 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, Carden M, Kelso J, 'Introduction', The One Who Reads May Run: Essays in Honor of Edgar W. Conrad, T & T Clark, London xxvii-xxxv (2012) [B2]
2012 Boer RT, 'A web of fascination: Marxism and the Bible', The One Who Reads May Run: Essays in Honor of Edgar W. Conrad, T & T Clark, London 200-220 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer RT, 'The anomaly of interpretation', The One Who Reads May Run: Essays in Honor of Edgar W. Conrad, T & T Clark, London 80-95 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, '"God's Perfectly Effected Purpose, or His Purposely Effected Neglect": Exodus and Wilderness in Australia', Exodus and Deuteronomy: Texts @ Contexts, Fortress, Minneapolis 39-54 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, 'Ontology, Plurality and Roman Catholic Social Teaching: An Engagement with Liberation Theology', Politics in Theology: Religion and Public Life, Transaction Publishers, Edison 93-120 (2012)
2012 Boer RT, 'Utopia, religion and the god-builders: From Anatoly Lunacharsky to Ernst Bloch', From Francis Bacon to William Golding: Utopias and Dystopias of Today and of Yore, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2-20 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, 'Introduction: The Futures of Biblical Pasts', The Future of the Biblical Past: Envisioning Biblical Studies in a Global Key, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta xvi-xxvii (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, 'Caught In Between: Australian Biblical Studies Between Asia, the Pacific and the West', The Future of the Biblical Past: Envisioning Biblical Studies in a Global Key, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 226-238 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, 'The Dynamic Equivalence Caper', Ideology, Culture, and Translation, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 13-23 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, Elliott SS, 'Introduction: Ideology, Culture, and Translation', Ideology, Culture, and Translation, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 1-10 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, 'Some Routine Atrocity, or, Letting the Curse of God Roar: Nick Cave and Apocalyptic', Anthems of Apocalypse: Popular Music and Apocalyptic Thought, Sheffield, Sheffield Phoenix 1-12 (2012) [B1]
2012 Boer R, '¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ (Kairós and Ákairos)', ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ (Religion and Civil Society: Conflicts of Religious Identity and Processes of Integration in a Globalising World), Izdatelstvo ¿Veber¿, Sevastopol, Ukraine 42-51 (2012) [B1]
2011 Boer R, 'Beauty VIII: Literature', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume III: Athena ¿ Birkat ha-Minim, De Gruyter, Berlin 722-723 (2011)
2011 Boer R, 'Bestiality IV: Christianity', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume III: Athena ¿ Birkat ha-Minim, De Gruyter, Berlin 941-942 (2011)
2011 Boer R, 'Authorship', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany 162-163 (2011) [D1]
Citations Scopus - 3
2011 Boer RT, 'Rehoboam meets Machiavelli', Rewriting Biblical History: Essays on Chronicles and Ben Sira in Honor of Pancratius C. Beentjes, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 159-172 (2011) [B1]
2010 Boer RT, 'Jesus of the moon: Nick Cave's Christology', The Bible in/and Popular Culture: A Creative Encounter, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 127-139 (2010) [B2]
2010 Boer RT, 'Towards a materialist theology, or, why atheists (and Marxists) should write theology', Reasonable Perspectives on Religion, Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland 175-202 (2010) [B1]
2010 Boer RT, 'A manifesto for biblical studies', Secularism and Biblical Studies, Equinox Publishing, London 27-39 (2010) [B1]
2010 Boer RT, 'Introduction: Secularism and the Bible', Secularism and Biblical Studies, Equinox Publishing, London 1-12 (2010) [B1]
2010 Boer R, 'Of Fine Wine, Incense and Spices: The Unstable Masculine Hegemony of the Books of Chronicles', Representations of Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond, Sheffield Phoenix, Sheffield 20-33 (2010) [B1]
2010 Boer RT, 'The Artistry of the Text: Hermann Gunkel and Newer Literary Approaches to the Bible', Hermann Gunkel Revisited. Literatur-und religionsgeschichtliche Studien, LIT Verlag, Munster, Germany 101-117 (2010) [B1]
2010 Boer R, 'Preface to the Chinese Translation', Criticism of Heaven, Volume 2, CCLM Publishing, Taipei 11-12 (2010)
2009 Boer RT, 'Congregationalists', , Elanora Heights, NSW 280-281 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Decline of the papacy', , Elanora Heights, NSW 172-173 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Enemies of the Church', , Elanora Heights, NSW 192-193 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'First women's voices', , Elanora Heights, NSW 202-203 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Peter I abolishes the Patriarchate', , Elanora Heights, NSW 306-307 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085)', , Elanora Heights, NSW 168-169 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Portuguese missions', , Elanora Heights, NSW 260-261 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Protestant Christians', , Elanora Heights, NSW 24-25 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Constitutional life in America', , Elanora Heights, NSW 314-315 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Egypt', , Elanora Heights, NSW 70 (2009) [D2]
2009 Boer RT, 'Folly to the rich: Ernst Bloch's Atheism in Christianity', Caught Reading Again: Scholars and Their Books, SCM Press, Norwich 30-40 (2009) [B1]
2009 Boer RT, 'Commentary: Negri, Job and the Bible', The Labor of Job: The Biblical Text as a Parable of Human Labor, Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina 109-128 (2009) [B1]
2009 Boer RT, 'Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels', The History of Western Philosophy of Religion. Volume IV: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Religion, Acumen Publishing, Durham, North Carolina 187-197 (2009) [B1]
2009 Boer RT, 'Resistance versus accommodation: What to do with Romans 13?', Postcolonial Interventions: Essays in Honor of R. S. Sugirtharajah, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield 109-122 (2009) [B1]
2009 Boer RT, Abraham I, 'Noah's nakedness: Islam, race and the fantasy of the Christian west', Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an as Literature and Culture, Brill Publishers, Leiden 461-473 (2009) [B1]
2009 Boer RT, 'The antinomies of secularism and religion', Religion and Civil Society, Taurida National University, Sebastopol, Ukraine 18-23 (2009) [B2]
2008 Boer R, 'Kirche der Armen II (Church of the Poor)', Historisch-kritische Wörterbuch des Marxismus ¿ HKWM 7.1, Argument Verlag, Hamburg 717-724 (2008) [D2]
2008 Boer R, Okland J, 'Towards Marxist Feminist Biblical Criticism', Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield, United Kingdom 1-25 (2008) [B1]
2008 Boer R, 'Julia Kristeva, Marx and the Singularity of Paul', Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield 204-228 (2008) [B1]
2008 Boer R, '¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿-¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ (¿Leeks, Lentils and Fleshpots: Egypt as a Symbolic Space¿)', Hermeneutics and the Reading of the Bible, Taiwan Christian Literature Council, Taipei 83-99 (2008) [B1]
2007 Boer R, 'Bestiality', New Interpreter¿s Dictionary of the Bible A-B, Abingdon, Nashville 435-436 (2007)
2007 Boer R, Abraham I, 'Australasia', The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture 232-249 (2007) [B1]
DOI 10.1002/9780470997000.ch15
2007 Boer R, 'Introduction: Bakhtin, Genre and Biblical Studies', Bakhtin and Genre Theory in Biblical Studies, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America 1-8 (2007) [B1]
2007 Boer R, 'Politics Without Theology? The Case of Georg Lukács', Moderne Begreifen. Zur Paradoxie eines sozio-ästhetischen Deutungsmusters (Comprehending Modernity. On the Paradoxicality of a Socio-Aesthetic Paradigm), Deutscher Universitäts Verlag, Wiesbaden 243-254 (2007)
2006 Boer R, '1 and 2 Chronicles', The Queer Bible commentary, SCM Press, Norwich, United Kingdom 251-267 (2006) [B1]
2006 Boer R, 'A Level Playingfield? Metacommentary and Marxism', On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization, State University of New York Press, Albany, New York, United States of America 51-70 (2006) [B1]
2006 Boer R, 'He/brew(')s Beer, or H(om)ebrew', The Recycled Bible: Autobiography, Culture, and the Space Between, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America 45-68 (2006) [B1]
2006 Boer R, 'The Law of the Jealous Man', Voyages in Uncharted Waters: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Biblical Interpretation in Honour of David Joblings, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield, United Kingdom 87-95 (2006) [B1]
2005 Boer R, 'Marx, Postcolonialism and the Bible', Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: Interdisciplinary Intersections, T&T Clark, London, United Kingdom 166-183 (2005) [B1]
2005 Boer R, 'Fundamentalism', New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society, Blackwell Publishing, Malden, Massachusetts, United States of America 134-137 (2005) [B1]
2005 Boer R, 'No Road: On the Absence of Feminist Criticism of Ezra-Nehemiah', Her Master's Tools: Feminist and Postcolonial Engagements of Historical-Critical Discourse, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America 233-252 (2005) [B1]
2005 Boer R, 'David and Goliath (1 Samuel 16-17): The Ideology of Biblical Popular Culture', Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instructions, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America 153-154 (2005) [B1]
2004 Boer R, 'Pharaoh Ramses to Moses', Yours Faithfully: Virtual Letters from the Bible, Equinox Publishing Ltd, London, United Kingdom 27-32 (2004) [B1]
2003 Boer R, Conrad EW, 'Introduction: The Bible and Critical Theory', Redirected Travel: Alternative Journeys and Places in Biblical Studies, T and T Clark International, London, United Kingdom 1-8 (2003) [B1]
2003 Boer R, 'Sanctuary and Womb: Henri Lefebvre and the Production of Ancient Space', Redirected Travel: Alternative Journeys and Places in Biblical Studies, T and T Clark International, London, United Kingdom 162-184 (2003) [B1]
2002 Boer R, 'Marx, Method and Gottwald', Tracking ¿The Tribes of Yahweh¿: On the Trail of a Classic, Continuum, London 98-156 (2002)
2002 Boer R, 'Political Activism and Biblical Scholarship: An Interview with Norman Gottwald', Tracking ¿The Tribes of Yahweh¿: On the Trail of a Classic, Continuum, London 161-176 (2002)
2002 Boer R, 'Introduction: On Re-reading The Tribes of Yahweh', Tracking ¿The Tribes of Yahweh¿: On the Trail of a Classic, Continuum, London 1-9 (2002)
2002 Boer R, 'Non-Sense: Total Recall, Paul and the Possibility of Psychosis', Screening Scripture: Intertextual Connections Between Scripture and Film, Trinity Press International, Louisville 120-154 (2002)
2001 Boer R, 'Yahweh as Top: A Lost Targum', Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible, Pilgrim Press, Cleveland 75-105 (2001)
2000 Boer R, 'Banality and Sacrifice', Strange Fire: Reading the Bible after the Holocaust, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield 146-160 (2000)
2000 Boer R, 'Fredric Jameson', Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation, Chalice, St. Louis 138-143 (2000)
1999 Boer R, 'David is a Thing', The Labour of Reading: Desire, Alienation and Biblical Interpretation, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 163-176 (1999)
1999 Boer R, Black F, Runions E, 'Introduction: The Labour of Reading', The Labour of Reading: Desire, Alienation and Biblical Interpretation, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 1-12 (1999)
1999 Boer R, 'Utopian Politics in 2 Chronicles 10-13', The Chronicler as Author: Studies in Text and Texture, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield 360-394 (1999)
1999 Boer R, 'Culture, Ethics and Identity in Reading Ruth: A Response to Donaldson, Dube, McKinlay and Brenner', Ruth and Esther, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield 163-170 (1999)
1998 Boer R, 'Ezekiel's Axl, or, Anarchism and Ecstasy', Violence, Utopia and the Kingdom of God, Routledge, New York 24-46 (1998)
1998 Boer R, 'Remembering Babylon: Postcolonialism and Biblical Studies in Australia', The Postcolonial Bible, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield 24-46 (1998)
1997 Boer R, 'Iconic Death and the Question of Civil Religion', Planet Diana: Cultural Studies and Global Mourning, Research Centre in Intercommunal Studies, Sydney 81-86 (1997)
1994 Boer R, 'Religious Pluralism in Australia: An Argument for Totalization', A Question of Power and Survival: UNE Symposium on Assimilation, Pluralism and Multiculturalism, University of New England, Armidale 130-139 (1994)
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Journal article (178 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Boer R, 'The Sacred Economy: A Reply to Interlocutors', HORIZONS IN BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, 38 185-199 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1163/18712207-12341332
2016 Boer RT, 'On the question of Sin: Stalin and human nature', The Bible and Critical Theory, 12 87-103 (2016) [C1]
2016 Boer R, 'Stalin and Proleptic Communism', POLITICS RELIGION & IDEOLOGY, 17 162-171 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/21567689.2016.1222940
2016 Boer R, 'Concerning the "Warm Stream" within Marxism', INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THOUGHT, 6 13-28 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/21598282.2016.1142384
2016 Boer RT, 'A materialist doctrine of good and evil: Stalin's revision of Marxist anthropology', Crisis and Critique, 3 109-154 (2016) [C1]
2016 Boer RT, 'A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: deception, truth and modernism', Colloquia Comparativa Litterarum, 2 71-84 (2016) [C1]
2016 Boer R, 'Marxism, Religion and the Taiping Revolution', Historical Materialism, 24 3-24 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1163/1569206X-12341472
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2016 Boer RT, 'Between old and new: on Socialism and revolutionary religion', International Journal of ¿i¿ek Studies, 10 (2016) [C1]
2016 Boer RT, 'Calvin, Althusser and the cunning of myth: what to do after the revolution', Critical Research on Religion, 4 199-207 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/2050303216647108
2016 Boer R, Chin K, 'Chinese Christian communism in the early twentieth century', Religion, State and Society, 44 96-110 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09637494.2016.1169752
2015 Boer R, 'Between Vulgar and Ruptural Dialectics: Reassessing Lenin on Hegel', International Critical Thought, 5 52-66 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/21598282.2015.996051
2015 Boer R, 'Confucius and Chairman Mao: Towards a Study of Religion and Chinese Marxism', Crisis and Critique, 2 36-55 (2015)
2015 Goldstein WS, Boer R, King R, Boyarin J, 'How can mainstream approaches become more critical?', Critical Research on Religion, 3 3-12 (2015)
DOI 10.1177/2050303215584519
Citations Scopus - 4
2015 Boer R, 'Against Culturism: Reconsidering Stalin on Nation and Class', Soviet and Post Soviet Review, 42 247-273 (2015)
DOI 10.1163/18763324-04203002
2015 Boer R, Li Z, 'Interpreting socialism and capitalism in China: A dialectic of Utopia and dystopia', Utopian Studies, 26 309-323 (2015)

© 2015. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. We argue that the dialectic of utopia and dystopia enables an alternative, albeit controversial, way for framing d... [more]

© 2015. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. We argue that the dialectic of utopia and dystopia enables an alternative, albeit controversial, way for framing debate over the tensions between socialism and capitalism in China. In doing so, we acknowledge but differ from alternative explanations: Socialism in China has simply become an empty veneer over rampant and unbridled capitalism; capitalism in China is of such a different variety that it is hardly capitalism at all; ¿socialism with Chinese characteristics¿ is a prolonged experiment in the New Economic Program. Theoretically, we draw upon Anatoly Lunacharsky, Ernst Bloch, and Fredric Jameson. A significant factor for understanding this dialectic is Bloch¿s idea of the synchronicity of nonsynchronicity. The next step analyzes the permutations of this dialectic in the Chinese situation of the tension between socialism and capitalism. We propose three formulations: the need for economic and political strength in the face of international forces, the use of capitalism to build socialism, and the fostering of the productive forces of capitalism to provide the basis for the full realization of communism. How these variations manifest the dialectic of utopia and dystopia is the burden of our final section, where we seek to move past simplistic oppositions.

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2014 Boer R, 'The ¿Failure¿ of Communism: A ¿Fall¿ Narrative', Philosophers for Change, 28 October 1-22 (2014) [O1]
2014 Boer R, 'The Racism of Adam Smith', Philosophers for Change, 1-5 (2014) [O1]
2014 Boer R, 'In Defence of Engels', Philosophers for Change, 9 September 1-20 (2014) [O1]
2014 Boer R, '¿All Things Are in Common¿: Theology and Politics in Luther Blissett¿s Q', International Socialism Journal, 141 139-159 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'The Reverend and Friedrich Engels, or, the Radical Calvinism of F.W. Krummacher', Studia Historyczne, 62 41-53 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Lenin on Tolstoy: Between Imaginary Resolution and Revolutionary Christian Communism', SCIENCE & SOCIETY, 78 41-60 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Fleets of Tarshish: Trading Ventures and Other Tall Tales of the Bible', Scandinavian Journal for the Old Testament, 28 58-80 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2014.926694
2014 Boer R, 'Religion and Socialism: A. V. Lunacharsky and the God-Builders', Political Theology, 15 188-209 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Introduction: Religion and Radicalism', Political Theology, 15 107-109 (2014) [C3]
2014 Boer R, 'Biting the Poor: On the Difference between Credit and Debt in Ancient Israel and Southwest Asia', Journal of Religion and Society, 16 1-21 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, Boer R, 'Lenin's Gospels', Biblical Interpretation: a journal of contemporary approaches, 22 325-345 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1163/15685152-00223p05
2014 Goldstein W, Boyarin J, Boer R, 'Can a Religious Approach be Critical?', Critical Research on Religion, 2 3-5 (2014) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 2
2014 Boer R, 'Theology and Treason: Introduction', Critical Research on Religion, 2 6-8 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1177/2050303214520935
2014 Boer RT, 'Special issue: Theology and Treason', Critical Research on Religion, 2 - (2014) [C6]
2014 Boer R, 'On the Myth of Classicism', Journal for the Study of Christian Culture, 131-151 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Sivil Toplumun Sinirlari: Din de Direnis¿ (The Limits of Civil Society: Religion and Resistance)', Istirakî, 1 67-74 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Karl Kautsky¿s Forerunners of Modern Socialism', Chiasma: A Site for Thought, 1 129-137 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Socialist Democracy with Chinese Characteristics', Crisis and Critique, 1 47-65 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Terry Eagleton: The Class Struggles in Ruth', Biblical Literature Studies, 8 296-325 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Locating the 'Liberal' in Neoliberal: A Response to James Crossley', Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 43 16-20 (2014) [C1]
2014 Boer R, 'Lenin ve Din', Istirakî, February 1-8 (2014) [O1]
2014 Boer RT, 'Religion and Radicalism: Political Theology 15.2:', Political Theology, 15 107-216 (2014)
2014 Boer R, 'Theology and Treason: Critical Research on Religion 2.1', Critical Research on Religion, 2 (2014)
2014 Boer RT, 'Special issue: Theology and Treason', Critical Research on Religion, 2 - (2014) [C6]
2013 Boer R, 'Why I am a Christian Communist', Philosophers for Change, 1-5 (2013) [O1]
2013 Boer R, 'Roadblocks of the Old New Left', Philosophers for Change, 1-5 (2013)
2013 Boer R, 'The Dilemma of Freedom of Conscience: Lenin on Religion, the National Question and the Bund', New Politics, 14 61-69 (2013) [C1]
2013 Boer R, 'Revolution in the Event: The Problem of Kairós', Theory, Culture & Society, 30 116-134 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0263276412456565
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2013 Boer R, 'Between the Goat's Arse and the Face of God: Deleuze and Guattari and Marx and the Bible', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 37 295-318 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0309089212455514
2013 Boer R, 'Towards Unethical Insurgency', Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society, 25 38-51 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 Boer R, 'A Totality of Ruins: Adorno on Kierkegaard', Cultural Critique, 83 1-30 (2013) [C1]
2013 Boer R, 'By Clans and Households: On the Malleability of the Kinship-Household in the Ancient Near East (Printre clanuri si gospodarii: despre maleabilitatea gospodariilor organizate pe baza de rudenie în antichitatea Orientului Apropiat)', Memoria Ethnologica, 48-49 6-21 (2013) [C1]
2013 Boer R, 'Marx, Engels and Religion', Journal of Shaanxi Normal University (Philosophy and Social Sciences Edition), 42 111-115 (2013) [C1]
2013 Boer R, 'Within and Without, or, the Implications of the Revolutionary Miracle', Sino-Christian Studies: An International Journal of Bible, Theology and Philosophy, 15 7-40 (2013) [C1]
2013 Boer R, Goldstein W, Boyarin J, 'Editorial', Critical Research on Religion, 1 3-8 (2013) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 3
2013 Boer R, '¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ (To Distinguish Between the Negative and the Positive in Religion)', State, Religion, and Church in Russia and Worldwide, 3 (31) 199-209 (2013) [C3]
2012 Boer R, 'Lenin and the Biblical Parables', Journal for the Study of Christian Culture, 27 107-125 (2012) [C1]
2012 Boer R, 'Between Harmony and Hierarchy: The Tensions of Confucius', Political Theology Today, - 1-5 (2012)
2012 Boer R, 'Marxism and Religion: A Complete and Annotated Bibliography', The International Marxist-Humanist: Journal of the International Marxist-Humanist Organisation, 1 December 1-34 (2012)
2012 Boer RT, 'Engels's contradictions: A Reply to Tristram Hunt', International Socialism: A Quarterly Journal of Socialist Theory, - 195-204 (2012) [C1]
2012 Boer RT, 'The immeasurably creative politics of job: Antonio Negri and the bible', SubStance, 41 93-108 (2012) [C2]
2012 Boer RT, 'Engels and women, intimately: Of pleasure, agency and literary worlds', Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory, 40 161-178 (2012) [C1]
2012 Boer RT, 'Pure givenness of the call/event: Between Alain Badiou and Jean-Louis Chrétien', Colloquium, 44 163-176 (2012) [C1]
2012 Boer RT, 'EP Thompson and the psychic terror of Methodism', Thesis Eleven, 110 54-67 (2012) [C1]
2012 Boer R, 'Orientalist Camp: The Case of Allen Edwardes', Relegere, 2 133-151 (2012)
2012 Boer RT, 'Sacred landscapes [Book review]', Cultural Studies Review, 18 316-320 (2012) [C3]
2012 Boer RT, 'Criticism of heaven or of earth? On the dialectical possibilities of religion and historical materialism', Islamic Perspective, - 179-204 (2012) [C1]
2011 Boer RT, 'The robbery of language? On Roland Barthes and myth', Culture, Theory and Critique, 52 213-231 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14735784.2011.630890
2011 Boer RT, 'Nurturing the indwelling protest: Max Horkheimer and the dialectic of religious resistance and betrayal', Religion and Theology, 18 380-397 (2011) [C1]
2011 Boer RT, 'Opium, idols and revolution: Marx and Engels on religion', Religion Compass, 5 698-707 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1749-8171.2011.00317.x
2011 Boer RT, 'Paul's uncertain translations', The Bible and Critical Theory, 7 27-43 (2011) [C1]
2011 Boer RT, 'Review of Mark K. George, 'Israel's Tabernacle as Social Space'. Ancient Israel and Its Literature 2. Atlanta and Leiden: SBL and Brill, 2009', The Bible and Critical Theory, 7 73-74 (2011) [C3]
2011 Boer RT, Kelso J, 'Editorial: The Bible and Critical Theory, Resurrected', The Bible and Critical Theory, 7 i-ii (2011) [C3]
2011 Boer RT, 'Editorial: Biblical Politics', The Bible and Critical Theory, 7 i (2011) [C3]
2011 Boer RT, 'From the Bad Seeds to Fleshly Readings', Bulletine, Senter for tverrfaglig kjonnsforskning, 1-11 20-22 (2011) [C3]
2011 Boer RT, 'Marxism and eschatology reconsidered', Mediations, 25 39-59 (2011) [C1]
2011 Boer RT, 'Reformation and revolution: Concerning the interpretation of Luther in Marx and Engels', Sino-Christian Studies, - 45-72 (2011) [C1]
2011 Boer R, 'Political Theology: Between East and West', Sino-Christian Studies: An International Journal of Bible, Theology and Philosophy, 12 213-220 (2011) [C2]
2011 Boer RT, Andrews A, 'Thin economics, thick moralising: Red Toryism and the politics of nostalgia', Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 40 16-24 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1558/bsor.v40i1.004
2011 Boer RT, 'Western Marxism and death', Journal for the Study of Christian Culture, - 233-251 (2011) [C1]
2011 Boer RT, 'The fate of Christian communism', the minnesota review, 77 111-130 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1215/00265667-1422607
Citations Scopus - 1
2011 Boer RT, 'Kapitalfetisch: 'The Religion of Everyday Life'', International Critical Thought, 1 416-426 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/21598282.2011.640159
2011 Boer RT, 'Against 'Reception History'', The Bible and Interpretation, - 1-4 (2011) [C3]
2011 Boer RT, 'The unbearable idealism of biblical scholarship', The Bible and Interpretation, - 1-4 (2011) [C3]
2011 Boer R, 'Viktig å la seg utfordre (It is Important to Let Yourself Be Challenged)', Kilden: Informasjonssenter for Kjønnsforskning, 1-3 (2011)
2011 Boer RT, 'Keeping the faith: The ambivalent commitments of Friedrich Engels', Studies in Religion-Sciences Religieuses, 40 63-79 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0008429810389019
Citations Scopus - 1
2011 Boer RT, 'The total depravity of Nick Cave's literary world', Literature and Theology, 25 312-328 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/litthe/frr022
2011 Boer RT, 'Marxism and the spatial analysis of early Christianity: The contribution of G.E.M. de Ste. Croix', Religion, 41 411-430 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/0048721X.2011.577825
2011 Boer RT, 'Fitzgerald, John, Fika J. van Rensburg, and Herrie van Rooy, eds. 'Animosity, the Bible, and Us: Some European, North American, and South African Perspectives' Society of Biblical Literature Global Perspectives on Biblical Scholarship 12', Review of Biblical Literature, 10 1-3 (2011) [C3]
2011 Boer RT, 'The patriarch's nuts: Concerning the testicular logic of biblical Hebrew', Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, 5 41-52 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
2011 Boer RT, 'Hearing around corners: Nick Cave and the philosophy of music', Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, 1 227-257 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.11157/rsrr1-2-411
2011 Boer RT, 'In Zinzendorf Territory: Deep in the snow and Christian communism of Herrnhut', Arena, November 44-46 (2011) [C3]
2011 Boer R, 'Escort Exegesis', Theology and Sexuality, 17 199-206 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1558/tse.v17i2.199
2011 Boer RT, 'Marxism and religion today - A survey', Yearbook of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Marxism Abroad, - 318-330 (2011) [C1]
2011 Boer RT, 'Theology and the event: The ambivalence of Alain Badiou', The Heythrop Journal, 52 234-259 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2010.00641.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2010 Boer RT, 'Marx and the Gospel of John', Journal of Religion and Society, 12 1-10 (2010) [C1]
2010 Boer RT, 'Revelation and revolution: Friedrich Engels and the apocalypse', Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 6 1-23 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2010 Boer RT, 'The Leading Article in No. 179 of the Kolnische Zeitung. The young Marx and theology', Religion and Theology, 17 83-103 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2010 Boer RT, 'God, Pain and Love in the Music of Nick Cave', Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 22 1-19 (2010) [C1]
2010 Kelso J, Boer RT, 'Introduction', The Bible and Critical Theory, 6 1-3 (2010) [C3]
2010 Boer RT, 'The Paradoxes of the secular state', Islamic Perspective, 92-108 (2010) [C1]
2010 Boer R, Mejrup K, '¿¿Religion and Political Thought,¿ 24-25 September 2010, University of Copenhagen', Sino-Christian Studies: An International Journal of Bible, Theology and Philosophy, 10 213-218 (2010) [C2]
2010 Boer R, 'Why (Biblio)blog?', Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 39 17-21 (2010)
2010 Boer R, 'Elitism, Colonialism, and the Independence of Biblical Studies: Reflections on the Lemche-Avalos Debate', Bible and Interpretation, 2010 1-5 (2010) [C1]
2010 Boer R, 'Friends, radical and estranged: Bruno bauer and karl marx', Religion and Theology, 17 358-401 (2010) [C1]

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011. This essay offers a careful and critical commentary on the deep, complex and conflictual relation between Karl Marx and Bruno Bauer - At per... [more]

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011. This essay offers a careful and critical commentary on the deep, complex and conflictual relation between Karl Marx and Bruno Bauer - At personal, professional and political levels. I do so with a particular interest in religion, since Bauer was one of the towering biblical scholars in the Germany of his time (mid-nineteenth century). Bauer was Marx's one- Time teacher, friend and mentor who taught him a course on the book of Isaiah at the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin in 1839. Not many years later, Bauer becomes a target for Marx's polemic in The Holy Family and The German Ideology, as well as On the Jewish Question. Why the intense polemic? I argue that the problem with Bauer - for Marx - was that he developed a reasonably radical political position - his later works dealt extensively with politics - Through his work as a biblical critic. Marx sought to close this path off entirely, although he does admit in a telling phrase that Bauer follows the 'detour of theology'. Yet, despite all the polemic, Bauer and Marx kept in touch, the former visiting Marx in London many years later and the latter keeping up a lively interest in Bauer's movements and writings.

DOI 10.1163/157430110X597890
2010 Boer R, 'Alone on the Waddenzee: The Netherlands by Bike', Travel Mag: The Independent Spirit, 1-8 (2010) [O1]
2010 Boer RT, 'That hideous pagan idol: Marx, fetishism and Graven Images', Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory, 38 93-116 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03017600903454413
Citations Scopus - 2
2010 Boer RT, 'Dungog: The spatial production of a country church', Australian Religion Studies Review, 23 29-45 (2010) [C1]
2010 Boer RT, 'Too many dicks at the writing desk, or, how to organise a prophetic sausage fest', Theology and Sexuality, 16 95-108 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1558/tse.v16i1.95
2009 Boer R, 'E. P. Thompson, Antinomianism, and the Theology of William Blake', SINO-CHRISTIAN STUDIES, 31-52 (2009) [C1]
2009 Boer R, 'Apocalyptic and Apocalypticism in the Poetry of E. P. Thompson', Spaces of Utopia, 7 34-53 (2009) [C1]
2009 Boer R, 'Editorial: The Bible and Critical Theory', The Bible and Critical Theory, 5 1-3 (2009)
2009 Boer RT, 'Eco-justice, multivocality, the religious left and the ghosts of revolution: A reply to Aichele, Elvey and Jobling', The Bible and Critical Theory, 5 23.1-23.12 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.2104/bc090023
2009 Boer RT, 'The balloon and the book: On Calvin and the bible', Journal for the Renewal of Religion and Theology, 5 1-10 (2009) [C1]
2009 Boer R, 'Of Flowers, Opium and Protest: Biblical Studies and Marxist Criticism of Religion', Bulletin of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion, 38 1-4 (2009)
2009 Boer RT, 'The Bible and religious right', Bible and Interpretation, (2009) [C2]
2009 Boer RT, 'On idolatry', Bible and Interpretation, (2009) [C2]
2009 Boer R, 'Biblijski motivi u filmovima Alfreda Hickoka¿ (Biblical Motifs in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock)', Dnevni List Danas, 1-2 (2009) [O1]
2009 Boer RT, 'The full story: On Marxism and religion', International Socialism, - 161-179 (2009) [C2]
2009 Boer RT, 'As cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves: Towards a worldly left', New Politics, 12 58-67 (2009) [C1]
2009 Boer RT, 'The forgetfulness of Julia Kristeva: Psychoanalysis, Marxism and the taboo of the mother', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 33 259-276 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0309089209102496
2009 Boer RT, 'The new old atheists', Australian Marxist Review, 10-19 (2009) [C2]
2009 Boer RT, 'John Calvin and the Paradox of Grace', Colloquium, 41 22-40 (2009) [C1]
2009 Abraham I, Boer RT, ''God Doesn't Care': The Contradictions of Christian Zionism', Religion & Theology, 16 90-110 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1163/156973109x450037
Citations Scopus - 2
2009 Boer RT, 'Love, pain and redemption in the music of Nick Cave', Literature & Aesthetics, 19 159-168 (2009) [C1]
2009 Boer R, 'A Greenland Diary', Arena Magazine, 67-69 (2009)
2009 Boer RT, 'Utopia, dystopia and uchronia in Chronicles', The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 9 9-13 (2009) [C1]
2009 Boer RT, 'What shall we do with ungodly rulers? On Calvin, theology and politics', Australian EJournal of Theology, - 1-23 (2009) [C1]
2008 Boer R, 'Religion and Utopia in Fredric Jameson', Utopian Studies, 19 285-312 (2008) [C1]
2008 Boer R, 'The New Secularism', Arena Journal, 29/30 35-57 (2008) [C1]
2008 Boer R, 'On Christian Communism: The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Kautsky', Arena Journal, 31 63-78 (2008) [C1]
2008 Boer R, 'A Titanic Phenomenon: Marxism, History and Biblical Society', Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory, 16 141-166 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1163/156920608X357756
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2008 Boer R, 'An Intrinsic Eagleton?', The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, 9 1-16 (2008) [C1]
2008 Boer R, 'Stolen Bibles', Religion Compass, 1-6 (2008)
2007 Boer R, 'The Search for Redemption: Julia Kristeva and Slavoj ¿i¿ek on Marx, Psychoanalysis and Religion', Filozofija i Dru¿tvo (Philosophy and Society), 32 153-176 (2007)
2007 Boer R, 'Althusser's Catholic Marxism', Rethinking Marxism: a journal of economics culture and society, 19 469-486 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/08935690701571128
2007 Boer R, 'From Plato to Adam: The Biblical Exegesis of Walter Benjamin', The Bible and Critical Theory, 3 6.1-6.13 (2007) [C1]
2007 Boer R, 'The Actuality of Karl Kautsky: On Materialist Reconstructions of Ancient Israel and the Early Church', The Bible and Critical Theory, 3 40.1-40.23 (2007) [C1]
2007 Boer R, 'Socialism, Christianity and Rosa Luxemburg', Cultural Logic: an electronic journal of marxist theory and practice, 10 1-31 (2007) [C1]
2007 Boer R, 'Skin Gods: Circumcising the Built Male Body', Journal of Men Masculinities and Spirituality, 1 35-44 (2007) [C1]
2007 Boer R, 'Keeping it Literal: The Economy of the Song of Songs', Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 7 1-14 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.5508/jhs.2007.v7.a6
2007 Boer R, 'The sacred economy of ancient ¿israel¿', Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament, 21 29-48 (2007) [C1]

Taking up the challenge to develop a new study of the economic patterns in the ancient Near East, including what passes for ancient ¿Israel¿ (the Persian province of Yehud), thi... [more]

Taking up the challenge to develop a new study of the economic patterns in the ancient Near East, including what passes for ancient ¿Israel¿ (the Persian province of Yehud), this article proposes a model of the ¿sacred economy.¿ A study in economic history, it seeks to map out the broad contours of this sacred economy in light of the neglected but crucial economically¿informed scholarship from the Soviet Union on the ancient Near East. The article identifies the key nodes of the sacred economy as the village¿commune, the temple¿city complex, the formation of the despotic state, the tensions between labour and class, and mediations between empire and village commune. It traces the development of the State to the tensions between the village commune and the city¿temple complex. It also argues that the key features of this sacred economy may be described as regimes of allocation and regimes of extraction. The unique combination of these regimes and the tensions between them make up the sacred economy. The underlying logic of the regimes of allocation was to provide a rationale for the allocation of productive units such as land and fertility by means of kinship, the war machine, patron¿client relations and the judiciary. All of this was posed in the language of the sacred, for the deity is the ultimate arbiter of allocation. By contrast, the regimes of extraction undermine the allocatory economic logic by means of a pattern of exploitation in terms of tribute and trade. This article insists upon the necessary centrality of economic analysis in any historiography of the Ancient Near East. © 2007 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

DOI 10.1080/09018320601170965
Citations Scopus - 12
2007 Boer R, 'The perpetual allure of the Bible for Marxism', HISTORICAL MATERIALISM-RESEARCH IN CRITICAL MARXIST THEORY, 15 53-77 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1163/156920607X245832
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2007 Boer R, 'The Conundrums of Giorgio Agamben: A Commentary on A Commentary to the Letter to the Romans', Sino-Christian Studies: An International Journal of Bible, Theology and Philosophy, 3 1-26 (2007)
2007 Boer R, 'Twenty-Five Years of Marxist Biblical Criticism', Currents in Biblical Research, 5 298-321 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1476993X07077963
2007 Boer R, Abraham I, 'The antinomies of Christian zionism', Sociologija, 49 193-204 (2007) [C1]

Defining Christian Zionism as conservative Christian support for the state of Israel, and an influential political force, especially in the United States, this article outlines fo... [more]

Defining Christian Zionism as conservative Christian support for the state of Israel, and an influential political force, especially in the United States, this article outlines four antinomies of such a position. Firstly, although Christian Zionism argues that it is purely theological, that it follows God's will irrespective of any politics, and although mainstream Zionism is resolutely political, we argue that such a separation is impossible. Indeed, mainstream Zionism cannot avoid being influenced by Christian Zionism's political agenda. Secondly, despite the efforts by mainstream Zionism to use Christian Zionism in order to influence US foreign policy in the Middle East, mainstream Zionism is playing with fire, since Christian Zionists wish to convert or annihilate all Jews. Thirdly, Christian Zionism is the ultimate version of anti-Semitism, for it wishes to get rid of Arabs (as hindrances to the Zionist project) and then dispense with Jews. (Both Arabs and Jews are by definition Semites.) Finally, since Christian Zionists are fundamentalist Christians, they must take the Old and New Testaments at their word. However, this position is impossible to hold, and in order to resolve the tension they must resort to the violence of the final conflict, Armageddon.

DOI 10.2298/SOC0703193B
2006 Boer R, 'The fantasy of genesis 1-3', Biblical Interpretation, 14 309-331 (2006) [C1]

In beginning the search for an adequate theory of literary production in biblical studies, this article seeks to bring together the theoretical sophistication of psychoanalytic st... [more]

In beginning the search for an adequate theory of literary production in biblical studies, this article seeks to bring together the theoretical sophistication of psychoanalytic studies of Genesis 1-3 and the historical concerns of other studies. The argument is that Genesis 1-3 may be understood in terms of fantasy, particularly in its five modes of narrative occlusion, the paradox of emergence and loss, intersubjective desire, the inherent transgression and the empty gesture. The schema of fantasy also offers the groundwork for a theory of literary production: it takes as its starting point the idea that the reality that lies 'behind' the text, that seems to inform it, is in fact highly unstable, subject to the unsettling presence of a much deeper, unknown fantasmatic kernel. © 2006 Brill Academic Publishers.

DOI 10.1163/156851506777825296
2006 Boer R, 'Political Myth: Fable, Politics and the Bible', International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 2 1621-1625 (2006) [C1]
2006 Boer R, 'On fables and truths', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 11 107-116 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09697250601029267
Citations Scopus - 3
2006 Boer R, 'Spirituality', Spisanie Edno, 1 49-49 (2006)
2006 Boer R, 'An Un-Original Tale: Utopia Denied in Enuma Elish', Arena Journal, 25/26 136-152 (2006) [C1]
2006 Boer R, 'Under the Influence? The Bible, Culture and Nick Cave', Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 12 1-20 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.3138/jrpc.12.1.003
2006 Boer R, 'Beholden to whom? A manifesto for biblical studies', AUMLA-Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, 105 (2006) [C1]
2005 Boer RT, 'Prolegomena to the History of Israel, with a reprint of the article "Israel" from the Encyclopaedia Britannica.', JOURNAL OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE, 124 349-354 (2005)
2005 Boer R, 'Paul Ricoeur: 27 February 1913 - 20 May 2005', Radical Philosophy: journal of socialist feminist philosophy, 133 69-72 (2005) [C1]
2005 Boer R, 'Women first? On the legacy of 'primitive communism'', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 30 3-28 (2005) [C1]

One of the most important contributions to the study of the Hebrew Bible in the last 25 years is the argument for a mode of production unique to early Israel. Variously called the... [more]

One of the most important contributions to the study of the Hebrew Bible in the last 25 years is the argument for a mode of production unique to early Israel. Variously called the communitarian (Norman Gottwald), household (Carol Meyers), domestic (David Jobling and Ronald Simkins), or familial (Gail Yee), such a mode of production urges a firm basis in the study of political economics or Marxism. However, another feature of these arguments (apart from Simkins) is that such a mode of production was at least comparatively better for women. The concern of this article is to trace such a motif back through the work of biblical scholars to Marshall Sahlins, the anthropologist who first proposed the domestic mode of production, and then to the crucial work of Friedrich Engels, Lewis Henry Morgan, and J.J. Bachofen. What this article finds is that primitive communism has a more durable legacy in biblical studies than may at first appear. © 2005 SAGE Publications.

DOI 10.1177/0309089205057775
Citations Scopus - 6
2005 Boer R, 'Secularism, Utopia and the Discernment of Myth', Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 15 35-45 (2005) [C1]
2005 Boer R, '¿¿¿u¿¿¿m ¿¿ u¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿u¿¿u¿m¿ (A Manifesto for Biblical Studies)', ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ (Culture), 23-24 14-15 (2005)
2005 Boer R, 'Terry Eagleton and the Vicissitudes of Christology', Cultural Logic: an electronic journal of marxist theory and practice, 8 1-22 (2005) [C1]
2005 Boer R, 'Political Myth, or, Foreign Policy and the Fantasy of Israel', Arena Journal, 23 77-96 (2005) [C1]
2005 Boer R, 'Gates to the Garden: Nick cave og bibelteksternes efterliv (Gates to the Garden: The Afterlives of Nick Cave)', Fønix, 29 31-47 (2005)
2004 Boer R, 'The Bible and the Beekeeper's Manual: Raymond Williams and Religion', Arena Journal, 22 159-177 (2004) [C1]
2004 Boer R, 'Althusser, Myth and Genesis 1-3', Journal of Philosophy and Scripture, 1 1-9 (2004) [C1]
2002 Boer R, 'The bowels of history, or the perpetuation of Biblical myth in Walter Benjamin', JNT-JOURNAL OF NARRATIVE THEORY, 32 371-390 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2001 Boer R, 'Explorer Hermeneutics, or Fat Damper and Sweetened Tea', Semeia, 88 71-95 (2001)
2001 Boer R, 'Introduction: Vanishing Mediators?', Semeia, 88 1-12 (2001)
2000 Boer R, 'King Solomon Meets Annie Sprinkle', Semeia, 82 151-182 (2000)
2000 Boer R, 'Bilbies, Gumnuts and Thanksgiving, or, the Commodified Religious Imagination in Australia and America', Australian Religious Studies Review, 13 40-55 (2000)
2000 Boer R, 'A Slacker¿s Guide to Postmodernism', Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 2-3 1-7 (2000)
2000 Boer R, 'Marxism and the Bible', Journal of Social Change and Critical Inquiry, 2 1-18 (2000)
2000 Boer R, 'The second coming: Repetition and insatiable desire in the song of songs', Biblical Interpretation, 8 276-301 (2000)

How might Jacques Lacan and Slavoj' i ek read the Song of Songs? Perversely, I suggest. After determining the appropriateness of these two partners, particularly because of t... [more]

How might Jacques Lacan and Slavoj' i ek read the Song of Songs? Perversely, I suggest. After determining the appropriateness of these two partners, particularly because of the importance of desire in Lacanian psychoanalysis, I tarry for a time with Lacan and ' i ek in order to identify the main features of Lacan's thought on desire. It turns out that it is intimately connected with repetition, and, by investigating some of the major items of Lacanian theory-fortda, (M)Other, graph of desire, rim, Law, pain, jouissance, desire of desire-the relation between desire and repetition is established. Equipped with this distinctively perverse set of toys, I then read the Song itself in three stages. The triggers of desire are located in the function of edges, rims, Law, pain and the (M)Other. Repetition is investigated in terms of structure, phrases and words, descriptions, and content. Finally I ask the haunting question: che vuoi ? What do you really want? © Koninklijke Brill, Leiden 2000.

DOI 10.1163/156851500750096354
Citations Scopus - 12
1999 Boer R, 'The Resurrection Engine of Michel de Certeau', Paragraph: a journal of modern critical theory, 22 199-212 (1999)
1999 Boer R, 'On the Road to Nowhere: Another Look at the Pilgrim People', Uniting Church Studies, 5 15-32 (1999)
1999 Boer R, 'Genesis as a Cultural Event', Religious Studies Review: a quarterly review of publications in the field of religion and related disciplines, 25 350-357 (1999)
1998 Boer R, 'Western Marxism and the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 23 3-21 (1998)

How does western Marxism influence the study of the Hebrew Bible? Through the work of scholars such as Norman Gottwald and David Jobling. The influence of both scholars is traced ... [more]

How does western Marxism influence the study of the Hebrew Bible? Through the work of scholars such as Norman Gottwald and David Jobling. The influence of both scholars is traced by using a Marxist dialectical method that seeks out contradictions, class conflict, ideology, and mode of production. Gottwald's work is characterized by a series of fruitful contradictions: dispassionate style and passionate content, tributary and communitarian modes of production, capitalism and democratic socialism and historiography and Utopian writing. Jobling has moved from an earlier structuralist phase to a Marxist poststructuralism with a specific focus on liberationist hermeneutics. The basic contradiction is the use of First World critics to articulate a politics that looks outside that context. These problems are symptomatic of the tensions and class conflicts that face biblical critics working within late capitalism.

DOI 10.1177/030908929802307801
Citations Scopus - 1
1998 Boer R, 'Second Isaiah: Biblical Theology and Historical Materialism', Biblical Interpretation: a journal of contemporary approaches, 6 181-204 (1998)
1998 Boer R, 'Deutero-Isaiah: Historical Materialism and Biblical theology', Biblical Interpretation, 6 181-204 (1998)
DOI 10.1163/156851598X00390
Citations Scopus - 5
1997 Boer R, 'National Allegory in the Hebrew Bible', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 22 95-116 (1997)
DOI 10.1177/030908929702207405
Citations Scopus - 2
1996 Boer R, 'Green Ants and Gibeonites: B. Wongar, Joshua 9 and Some Problems of Postcolonialism', Semeia, 129-152 (1996)
1996 Boer R, 'Collectively Postmodern', Australian Religion Studies Review, 9 92-103 (1996)
1995 Boer R, 'Theology and Cultural Studies', Australian Religion Studies Review, 8 94-99 (1995)
1995 Boer R, 'Preaching Dungog: The Australian Rural Parish as a Site for Cultural Criticism', Uniting Church Studies, 1 25-46 (1995)
1995 Boer R, 'Christological Slippage and Ideological Structures in Schwarzenegger's 'Terminator'', Semeia, 69-70 165-193 (1995)
Citations Web of Science - 3
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Review (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Boer R, 'Economics (2014)
2014 Boer R, 'Eunuch: Eunuch VII: Literature (2014) [D2]
2013 Boer R, 'Class Criticism (2013)

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Boer R, 'Friedrich Engels: A Reappraisal', Marx and Engels and Contemporary Socialism ¿ The 120th Anniversary of the Death of Friedrich Engels (2015)
2014 Boer R, 'Marxism and Religion Reconsidered in a Chinese Context', Proceedings of the Third Nishan Forum, 21-23 May, 2014 (2014) [E2]
2012 Boer RT, Boer R, 'A Revolution is a Miracle: Lenin and the Translatability of Politics and Religion' (2012)
2012 Boer R, 'Reconsidering the Veneration of a Revolutionary Leader' (2012)
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Other (1 outputs)

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2014 Boer R, 'To Make Sense of Modern China, You Simply Can¿t Ignore Marxism', ( issue.28 November 2014 pp.1-3): The Conversation Media Group (2014) [O1]
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.75

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD "Changing Paradigm, Changing the World" - A Critical-Theological Study about the Understanding of Salvation Concept in John 14:6 PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD The role and function of language(including religious) in process philosophy PhD (Philosophy), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD A Comparative Study of Faith-Based and Secular NGOs in their Contribution toward Sustainable Development PhD (Religious Studies), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Class Stratification in Selected Modern Arabic and African Novels: A Study in Post-Marxist Criticism PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD A Theological Perspective on Exposure to Trauma and Spiritual Distress PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD ¿Haggai through the Lenses of Fredric Jameson: Towards a Contextualization of Dialectical Sublation.¿ PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Marxism and Homeland: Ernst Bloch's Dialectics of Utopia PhD (Religious Studies), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Mark and Literary Materialism: Towards a Liberative Reading for (Post)Apartheid South Africa PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

Chinese Marxism increasing collaborations with UoN

July 11, 2017

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities’ Professor Roland Boer is tapping into collaboration opportunities with Chinese scholars of Marxism.

Professor Roland Boer signing contracts in Beijing with Professor Li Cuiling, director of the Centre for Studies on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics

Religion, Marxism and Secularism awarded international grant

July 1, 2015

The University of Newcastle's Religion, Marxism and Secularism Network has been awarded the first international research grant from the City of Beijing, China.

The Conversation

To make sense of modern China, you simply can’t ignore Marxism

December 1, 2014

Roland Boer, a Professor from the University of Newcastle's Faculty of Education and Arts, talks China and Marxism in The Conversation.

UON theologian awarded Deutscher Memorial Prize

UON theologian awarded Deutscher Memorial Prize

November 18, 2014

Roland Boer has been awarded the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize for his book, In the Vale of Tears: on Marxism and Theology V, and for his entire series, Criticism of Heaven and Earth.

Professor Roland Boer

Position

Professor
Religion, Marxism and Secularism
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email roland.boer@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5370

Office

Building McMullin
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