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Rubble, Ruins, and the Time before the End: Paul, Tertullian, and the Roman Empire as Katechon

Rubble, Ruins, and the Time before the End: Paul, Tertullian, and the Roman Empire as Katechon

Chapter:
(p.99) Five Rubble, Ruins, and the Time before the End: Paul, Tertullian, and the Roman Empire as Katechon
Source:
The Conquest of Ruins
Author(s):
Julia Hell
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226588223.003.0006

The introduction to chapter five presents a summary of the author’s analysis of the emergence of the rubble and ruin gazer scenarios in part one. The author defines the central features of these scenarios: their theatrical staging, their focus on the objects of rubble/ruin, their scopic nature and power constellations, and their inscriptions of imperial time. She then explores the Roman conceptualization of imperial time as the disciplined border zone of the time before the end. Drawing on Giorgio Agamben, Reinhart Koselleck, and François Hartog, she focuses on Paul’s concept of the katechon as the delayer of the end and Tertullian’s reading of the Paulinian katechon as the Roman Empire. The chapter ends with Augustine recalling Polybios’s scene.

Keywords:   Paulinian katechon, Tertullian, Augustine, imperial time, endtime, eschaton, Book of Daniel, eschatology, temporality, time that remains

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