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The Sense of Quoting

A Semiotic Case Study of Biblical Quotations

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David W. Odell-Scott

church. The phrase so rendered as a plainer passage as presenting Paul’s position, is complicated if not compromised because the phrase is a quotation which defenders of male celibacy liberally quote as Paul’s position without hesitation as to the purpose of Paul’s quoting the declaration from the

Religious Polemics in Context

Papers presented to the Second International Conference of the Leiden Institute for the Study of Religions (LISOR) held at Leiden, 27-28 April 2000  

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Edited by Theo Hettema and Christine Kooi

Studies in Theology and Religion,11

Polemics, as “the art or practice of disputation or controversy”, is a living issue in matters of religion, and is a major object of research for scholars in religious studies and theology. The second international conference of the Leiden Institute for the Study of Religions (LISOR), held at Leiden in April 2000, was devoted to the subject of Religious Polemics in Context, aiming at a further exploration of the notion of religious polemics, together with the unfolding of a wide variety of case-studies from various religious traditions. The volume contains most of the papers read at the conference, and offers contributions on general issues (e.g., by M. Dascal), as well as on particular topics in the fields of history of religion (e.g., Islam), ancient Israel and early Christianity, the history of Christianity, and the social sciences of religion. An annotated bibliography is added to this collection, which may stimulate a further study of the topic.

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Sean Durbin

a sense of unity, shared identity, and mission. Although jeremiads typically share a similar form—berating the present generation for deviating from a past Golden Age and calling for renewed enthusiasm to reinstate that Golden Age—their content is always malleable. What constitutes the past ‘Golden

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Sean Durbin

Christian pastor to present a keynote speech at an AIPAC conference, and throughout his twenty-minute speech, the booming voice of the pastor from San Antonio echoed through the convention center as he called out what he claimed were Israel’s enemies one by one—receiving over thirteen standing ovations in

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Sean Durbin

identity, differentiating themselves from other self-identified Christians. One way Christian Zionists construct social boundaries between their self-identified co-religionists and countrymen and women in the present, is through their narration of and symbolic separation from a specific Christian past

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Sean Durbin

present, and the Gentile church. As two distinct entities, they are also ascribed two separate yet symbiotic divine plans operating in history. Passages in scripture that refer to Israel are therefore read as referring to ethnic Jews. Thus, the passage from 2 Timothy 2:15 16 of “rightly dividing the word

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Sean Durbin

the origin stories of CUFI not as statements of fact, but rather as claims—as mythical discourse—that do cultural work in the present. While it may be that Netanyahu did indeed act as a catalyst for the establishment of CUFI , at times a much longer and varied history is invoked when representing

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Sean Durbin

enemies who want to mock the God of Israel. Just as modern Israel is today mocked by Iran and terrorized by groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, they were also terrorized in the past. Thus, the past and the present are once again connected, and Israel is said to be terrorized not because of who they are or

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Sean Durbin

represented in the service of shaping social formations and advancing social interests in the present. Accordingly, I consider some of the developing narratives concerning the (re)discovery of Christian Zionists’ Jewish roots, the way that some Christian Zionists frame the Jewish contribution to Christianity

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Sean Durbin

future. Yet, on the other, the Bible remains silent regarding the present and the way predicted future events are expected to eventually unfold. All that can be known about the present, in many respects, is its relation to the known future and how present events might fit within or comport to it