Jacob Taubes

(Austrian/German, 1923–1987)
  • Bruce Rosenstock
Part of the Radical Theologies and Philosophies book series (RADT)


This chapter traces Taubes’s covenantal apocalypticism from Occidental Eschatology to The Political Theology of Paul—the two books which beginning readers of Taubes should focus upon. Taubes’s writings present and enact the memory of apocalypticism as the memory of the covenant. The historic figures he deals with in his works—St. Paul, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Marx, Freud, Barth, and Schmitt—are the enemy brothers in the struggle with whom Taubes finds a way to live in the presence of God.

Works Cited

  1. Taubes, Jacob. 2004. The Political Theology of Paul. Trans. D. Hollander. Stanford: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  2. ———. 2009. Occidental Eschatology. Trans. D. Ratmoko. Stanford: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. ———. 2016. Seminar Notes on Walter Benjamin’s ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’. In Walter Benjamin and Theology, ed. C. Dickinson, 179–216. New York: Fordham University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Rosenstock
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  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA

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