Undead Authors // Deuteronomy

We know that a text does not consist of a line of words, releasing a single “theological” meaning (the “message” of the Author-God), but is a space of many dimensions, in which are wedded and contested various kinds of writing, no one of which is original: the text is a tissue of citations, resulting from … Continue reading Undead Authors // Deuteronomy

One for Azazel // Leviticus

…but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the LORD to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.             Leviticus 16.10 Disgrace upon you, Azazel! For Abraham’s lot is in heaven, but yours is upon the earth. Because you have … Continue reading One for Azazel // Leviticus

Before the Law // Exodus

The violence that [Walter] Benjamin defines as divine is instead situated in a zone in which it is no longer possible to distinguish between exception and rule. […] Divine violence shows the connection between the two violences [i.e. law-making and law-preserving]—and, even more, between violence and law—to be the single real content of law.             … Continue reading Before the Law // Exodus

Law // Esposito (Part 4)

On the excess of death, the limits of life. But something else comes into view, that is, the reason behind the desire for breaking, for going beyond finiteness and experiencing the infinite. This is another way of saying coming into direct contact with the Thing, experiencing community on one’s own flesh, taking pleasure in the … Continue reading Law // Esposito (Part 4)