Essay on Analysis Of Giorgio Agamben 's The Time That Remains

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In Giorgio Agamben’s The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans, he evaluates Paul’s letter by taking a close reading of the opening of Romans and then claims that within these treasured words ultimately lies Paul’s messianic philosophy. Each chapter, interestingly, lays out the context and content that each word of the opening means and what Paul was hoping to convey to the Romans. Agamben also presents Benjamin’s Theory on the Philosophy of History side-by-side Paul’s letter, developing their shared characteristics.
Agamben talks about Paul not exactly as a believer in Christ the person, but more so Christ the apostle and the event, specifically Christ’s death and resurrection. Moreover, he discusses this event in order to express his theory, or rather his political understanding and perspective of humans being in ourselves, while still being with others in the world--to be in this world, right now. Agamben takes this theory and aligns it with the law through politics. Agamben sees Paul as a philosopher and theorist of time and finds him aligned with the views of Benjamin so as to be concerned with messianic time. By this I mean he sees Paul as a prioritizer of truth before experiencing hope and redemption, as did Benjamin. According to Agamben, Paul is not concerned with the apocalyptic end of all time, but rather with the “time of the end.” In other words, this messianic time is for experiencing the Christ-event, the resurrection and second coming of…

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