Professor Roland Boer
School of Humanities and Social Science
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Left of his field
Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Professor 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."
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.
- PhD, McGill University - Canada
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|Professor||University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
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Distinguished Overseas Research Professor
See my Chinese profile at http://wenxueyuan.ruc.edu.cn/article/?1838.html
|Renmin Unversity of China, Beijing
Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Book (44 outputs)
|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]|
|2014||Boer R, In the Vale of Tears: On Marxism and Theology V, Brill, Leiden and Chicago, 392 (2014) [A1]|
Boer R, Petterson C, Idols of Nations: Biblical Myth at the Origins of Capitalism, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 208 (2014) [A1]
|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]|
Boer R, Symposia: Dialogues concerning the history of biblical Interpretation (2012) [A1]
Â© 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]
Â© 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 Â¿sitting down together for the purpose of drinkingÂ¿. 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 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]|
Boer RT, The earthy nature of the Bible : Fleshly readings of sex, masculinity, and carnality, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, 196 (2012) [A1]
|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]|
|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 RT, Secularism and Biblical Studies, Equinox Publishing, London, 219 (2010) [A3]|
|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]|
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. Â© 2007 Roland Boer.
Boer R, Criticism of Heaven: On marxism and theology (2007) [A1]
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Chapter (114 outputs)
|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, '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]|
Boer RT, 'Althusser's religious revolution', Althusser and Theology: Religion, Politics and Philosophy, Brill, Leiden, Netherlands 18-30 (2016) [B1]
|2015||Boer R, 'The Matriarch's Muff', Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield, UK 56-68 (2015) [B1]|
|2015||Boer R, 'Freedom, Democracy, and the Socialist Transformation', Religion After Secularization in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 159-176 (2015) [B1]|
|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, MN 109-130 (2015) [B1]|
|2014||Boer R, 'Contemporary Critical Theory and Western Theology (Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿)', Comparative Literature and World Literature, Peking University Press, Beijing 99-113 (2014) [B1]|
|2014||Boer R, 'Bloodthirsty Little Brats: The ChildÂ¿s Desire for Biblical Violence', Little Red Readings: Historical Materialist Perspectives on ChildrenÂ¿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]|
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]
|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]|
Boer R, 'Paul and materialist grace: Slavoj Â¿iÂ¿ek's reformation', Paul and the Philosophers 186-209 (2013)
Copyright Â© 2013 Fordham University Press. All rights reserved. At a point close to the turn of the millennium, Slavoj Â¿iÂ¿ek underwent a "conversion," if not a "... [more]
Copyright Â© 2013 Fordham University Press. All rights reserved. At a point close to the turn of the millennium, Slavoj Â¿iÂ¿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 Â¿iÂ¿ek's "conversion." For one who had held Christianity and Marxism at arm's length, Â¿iÂ¿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 Â¿iÂ¿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 Â¿iÂ¿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 doesÂ¿iÂ¿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, Â¿iÂ¿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 Â¿iÂ¿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 (Â¿iÂ¿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 Â¿iÂ¿ek unable to take up a distinct political position, however much he may wish to do so. What also interests me here is the wayÂ¿iÂ¿ek neglects other elements of Badiou's work, particularly his discussion of materialist grace, to which Â¿iÂ¿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]|
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]
Â© 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]
Â© 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 Â¿German PestilenceÂ¿ 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 Â¿ Essene Gate, De Gruyter, Berlin 40-42 (2013) [D2]|
Boer R, 'Dualism VIII: Literature', Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Volume VII: Dress Â¿ Essene Gate, De Gruyter, Berlin 66-66 (2013) [D2]
|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 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]|
|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 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]|
|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]|
Boer R, Abraham I, 'Australasia', The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture 232-249 (2007) [B1]
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Journal article (178 outputs)
Boer R, 'The Sacred Economy: A Reply to Interlocutors', HORIZONS IN BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, 38 185-199 (2016) [C1]
|2016||Boer RT, 'On the question of Sin: Stalin and human nature', The Bible and Critical Theory, 12 87-103 (2016) [C1]|
Boer R, 'Stalin and Proleptic Communism', POLITICS RELIGION & IDEOLOGY, 17 162-171 (2016) [C1]
Boer R, 'Concerning the "Warm Stream" within Marxism', INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THOUGHT, 6 13-28 (2016) [C1]
|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]|
Boer R, 'Marxism, Religion and the Taiping Revolution', Historical Materialism, 24 3-24 (2016) [C1]
|2016||Boer RT, 'Between old and new: on Socialism and revolutionary religion', International Journal of Â¿iÂ¿ek Studies, 10 (2016) [C1]|
Boer RT, 'Calvin, Althusser and the cunning of myth: what to do after the revolution', Critical Research on Religion, 4 199-207 (2016) [C1]
Boer R, Chin K, 'Chinese Christian communism in the early twentieth century', Religion, State and Society, 44 96-110 (2016) [C1]
Goldstein WS, Boer R, King R, Boyarin J, 'How can mainstream approaches become more critical?', Critical Research on Religion, 3 3-12 (2015)
Boer R, Li Z, 'Interpreting socialism and capitalism in China: A dialectic of Utopia and dystopia', Utopian Studies, 26 309-323 (2015) [C1]
Â© 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]
Â© 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; Â¿socialism with Chinese characteristicsÂ¿ 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 BlochÂ¿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.
|2014||Boer R, 'The Â¿FailureÂ¿ of Communism: A Â¿FallÂ¿ 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, 'Â¿All Things Are in CommonÂ¿: Theology and Politics in Luther BlissettÂ¿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]|
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]
|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]|
Boer R, Boer R, 'Lenin's Gospels', Biblical Interpretation: a journal of contemporary approaches, 22 325-345 (2014) [C1]
Goldstein W, Boyarin J, Boer R, 'Can a Religious Approach be Critical?', Critical Research on Religion, 2 3-5 (2014) [C3]
Boer R, 'Theology and Treason: Introduction', Critical Research on Religion, 2 6-8 (2014) [C3]
|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 DirenisÂ¿ (The Limits of Civil Society: Religion and Resistance)', IstirakÃ®, 1 67-74 (2014) [C1]|
|2014||Boer R, 'Karl KautskyÂ¿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, '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', IstirakÃ®, February 1-8 (2014) [O1]|
|2014||Boer RT, 'Special issue: Theology and Treason', Critical Research on Religion, 2 - (2014) [C6]|
|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]|
Boer R, 'Revolution in the Event: The Problem of KairÃ³s', Theory, Culture & Society, 30 116-134 (2013) [C1]
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]
Boer R, 'Towards Unethical Insurgency', Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society, 25 38-51 (2013) [C1]
|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 Ã®n 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]|
Boer R, Goldstein W, Boyarin J, 'Editorial', Critical Research on Religion, 1 3-8 (2013) [C3]
|2013||Boer R, 'Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿ Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿ Â¿ Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿ Â¿ Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿Â¿ (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 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 ChrÃ©tien', 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 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]|
Boer RT, 'The robbery of language? On Roland Barthes and myth', Culture, Theory and Critique, 52 213-231 (2011) [C1]
|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]|
Boer RT, 'Opium, idols and revolution: Marx and Engels on religion', Religion Compass, 5 698-707 (2011) [C1]
|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]|
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]
|2011||Boer RT, 'Western Marxism and death', Journal for the Study of Christian Culture, - 233-251 (2011) [C1]|
Boer RT, 'The fate of Christian communism', the minnesota review, 77 111-130 (2011) [C1]
Boer RT, 'Kapitalfetisch: 'The Religion of Everyday Life'', International Critical Thought, 1 416-426 (2011) [C1]
|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]|
Boer R, 'Sex Working and the Bible', THEOLOGY & SEXUALITY, 17 199-205 (2011) [C3]
Boer RT, 'Keeping the faith: The ambivalent commitments of Friedrich Engels', Studies in Religion-Sciences Religieuses, 40 63-79 (2011) [C1]
Boer RT, 'The total depravity of Nick Cave's literary world', Literature and Theology, 25 312-328 (2011) [C1]
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]
|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]|
Boer RT, 'The patriarch's nuts: Concerning the testicular logic of biblical Hebrew', Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, 5 41-52 (2011) [C1]
Boer RT, 'Hearing around corners: Nick Cave and the philosophy of music', Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, 1 227-257 (2011) [C1]
|2011||Boer RT, 'In Zinzendorf Territory: Deep in the snow and Christian communism of Herrnhut', Arena, November 44-46 (2011) [C3]|
|2011||Boer RT, 'Marxism and religion today - A survey', Yearbook of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Marxism Abroad, - 318-330 (2011) [C1]|
Boer RT, 'Theology and the event: The ambivalence of Alain Badiou', The Heythrop Journal, 52 234-259 (2011) [C1]
|2010||Boer RT, 'Marx and the Gospel of John', Journal of Religion and Society, 12 1-10 (2010) [C1]|
Boer RT, 'Revelation and revolution: Friedrich Engels and the apocalypse', Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 6 1-23 (2010) [C1]
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]
|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]|
Boer R, 'Friends, radical and estranged: Bruno bauer and karl marx', Religion and Theology, 17 358-401 (2010) [C1]
Â© 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]
Â© 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.
Boer RT, 'That hideous pagan idol: Marx, fetishism and Graven Images', Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory, 38 93-116 (2010) [C1]
|2010||Boer RT, 'Dungog: The spatial production of a country church', Australian Religion Studies Review, 23 29-45 (2010) [C1]|
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]
|2009||Boer R, 'E. P. Thompson, Antinomianism, and the Theology of William Blake', SINO-CHRISTIAN STUDIES, 31-52 (2009) [C1]|
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]
|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 RT, 'The Bible and religious right', Bible and Interpretation, (2009) [C2]|
|2009||Boer RT, 'On idolatry', Bible and Interpretation, (2009) [C2]|
|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]|
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]
|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]|
Abraham I, Boer RT, ''God Doesn't Care': The Contradictions of Christian Zionism', Religion & Theology, 16 90-110 (2009) [C1]
|2009||Boer RT, 'Love, pain and redemption in the music of Nick Cave', Literature & Aesthetics, 19 159-168 (2009) [C1]|
|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]|
Boer R, 'The sacred economy of ancient Â¿israelÂ¿', 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 Â¿IsraelÂ¿ (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 Â¿IsraelÂ¿ (the Persian province of Yehud), this article proposes a model of the Â¿sacred economy.Â¿ A study in economic history, it seeks to map out the broad contours of this sacred economy in light of the neglected but crucial economicallyÂ¿informed scholarship from the Soviet Union on the ancient Near East. The article identifies the key nodes of the sacred economy as the villageÂ¿commune, the templeÂ¿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 cityÂ¿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, patronÂ¿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. Â© 2007 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Boer R, 'The perpetual allure of the Bible for Marxism', HISTORICAL MATERIALISM-RESEARCH IN CRITICAL MARXIST THEORY, 15 53-77 (2007) [C1]
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.
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. Â© 2006 Brill Academic Publishers.
Boer R, 'On fables and truths', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 11 107-116 (2006) [C1]
|2006||Boer R, 'Beholden to whom? A manifesto for biblical studies', AUMLA-Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, 105 (2006) [C1]|
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)
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. Â© 2005 SAGE Publications.
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]
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? Â© Koninklijke Brill, Leiden 2000.
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.
Boer R, 'Deutero-Isaiah: Historical Materialism and Biblical theology', Biblical Interpretation, 6 181-204 (1998)
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Review (3 outputs)
|2014||Boer R, 'Economics (2014)|
|2014||Boer R, 'Eunuch: Eunuch VII: Literature (2014) [D2]|
|2013||Boer R, 'Class Criticism (2013)|
Conference (4 outputs)
|2015||Boer R, 'Friedrich Engels: A Reappraisal', Marx and Engels and Contemporary Socialism Â¿ The 120th Anniversary of the Death of Friedrich Engels, Nanjing (2015)|
|2014||Boer R, 'Marxism and Religion Reconsidered in a Chinese Context', Proceedings of the Third Nishan Forum, 21-23 May, 2014, Jinan, China (2014) [E2]|
|2012||Boer RT, Boer R, 'A Revolution is a Miracle: Lenin and the Translatability of Politics and Religion' (2012)|
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Other (1 outputs)
|2014||Boer R, 'To Make Sense of Modern China, You Simply CanÂ¿t Ignore Marxism', ( issue.28 November 2014 pp.1-3): The Conversation Media Group (2014) [O1]|
Number of supervisions
Total current UON EFTSL
|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||Â¿Haggai through the Lenses of Fredric Jameson: Towards a Contextualization of Dialectical Sublation.Â¿||PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle||Principal Supervisor|
|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|
July 11, 2017
The Centre for 21st Century Humanities’ Professor Roland Boer is tapping into collaboration opportunities with Chinese scholars of Marxism.
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.
December 1, 2014