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By Giorgio Agamben

In The Time That Remains, Agamben seeks to split the Pauline texts from the historical past of the Church that canonized them, therefore revealing them to be "the primary messianic texts of the West." He argues that Paul's letters are involved now not with the basis of a brand new faith yet quite with the "messianic" abolition of Jewish legislation. Situating Paul's texts within the context of early Jewish messianism, this e-book is a part of a growing to be set of contemporary reviews dedicated to the interval while Judaism and Christianity weren't but totally distinctive, putting Paul within the context of what has been known as "Judaeo-Christianity."

Agamben's philosophical exploration of the matter of messianism results in the opposite significant determine mentioned during this ebook, Walter Benjamin. Advancing a declare with no precedent within the large literature on Benjamin, Agamben argues that Benjamin's philosophy of heritage constitutes a repetition and appropriation of Paul's inspiration of "remaining time." via a detailed studying and comparability of Benjamin's "Theses at the Philosophy of historical past" and the Pauline Epistles, Agamben discerns a few remarkable and unrecognized parallels among the 2 works.

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