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Goy: Israel's Multiple Others and the Birth of the Gentile

Adi Ophir and Ishay Rosen-Zvi


The distinction between Jew and his other, the gentile, has been so central to Jewish history that the vast scholarship dedicated to Jewish-gentile relations has treated the category of the gentile as self-evident and has never questioned its history. This book shows that this category was in fact born at a particular moment, that it replaced older categories of otherness, and that it was both informed by and embedded in new modes of separation of Jews from non-Jews. The book traces the development of the term and category of the goy from the Bible—where it simply means “people,” through the p ... More

Keywords: Bible, Second Temple literature, rabbinic literature, Talmud, Paul, early Christianity, gentile, Jew, theology, types of other

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198744900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adi Ophir, author
Mellon Visiting Professor of Humanities and Middle East Studies, Brown University

Ishay Rosen-Zvi, author
Professor, Tel Aviv University