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Pauline Eschatology: Thinking And Acting In The Time That Remains

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This chapter focuses on particular passages from Paul's letters to uncover his understanding of time, that is, his eschatology, and what this eschatology entails for understanding reason and the reasonableness of pursuing justice in a perennially unjust world. It begins with a three-part preamble. First, the chapter highlights that "eschatology," means thinking about/understanding of/doctrine concerning the end times where "end" (eschaton) means rupture or interruption rather than goal or purpose (telos). Second, eschatology as interruption is hard to take seriously as a concept. The third point of the preamble highlights that we must learn to take theology seriously if not literally. The chapter briefly reviews four recent works on Paul: A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity; Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism; Reading Derrida/Thinking Paul; and The Political Theology of Paul.

Keywords: letters of Paul; Pauline eschatology



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