This chapter discusses the difficulty of fulfilling Paul's command to love the neighbor stated in Romans 13. It examines Jacob Taubes's exposition of Paul's political theology: Paul's designation of neighbor-love as the fulfillment of the law represents a radical reduction within the primordial core of the Jesus tradition. It then details the struggle of Kenneth Reinhard, Eric Santner, and Slavoj Žižek to discover resources for rethinking the biblical injunction to love the neighbor in a world where the divine throne is vacant. The chapter then sets out the book's main purpose, which is to provide an interpretation of Romans 13:8–14.
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