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Chronos und Kairos. Zum soteriologischen Verhältnis von Zeit und Ewigkeit in den Pastoralbriefen

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Abstract:

In the third Christian generation, the Pastoral Epistles develop a specific concept of time, which allows to distinguish different periods in the history of salvation and, at the same time, connects them to the eternity of God: What has been based ,,before times eternal“, has now been revealed by God ,,in his own seasons“ of history. Thereby, eternity is not to be understood as timelessness, but as immemorial time.

Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1628/186870312804970943

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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  • The journal is concerned with early Christianity as a historical phenomenon. Thereby, Early Christianity aims to overcome certain limitations which have hindered the development of the discipline, including the concept of the "New Testament" itself. The journal, then, is taken to cover not only the first Christian century but also the second.

    This journal will not, however, give any special prominence to reception-history or to the second century. The total phenomenon called "early Christianity" comprises a kaleidoscopic range of individual phenomena, including communal structures, social norms, discursive practices, points of conflict, material remains, and much else – far more than just the production and reception of texts. This journal will strive to reflect this multiplicity of contexts, in the expectation of new light on our subject-matter from a variety of angles.

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