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1 - The creation of sacred time

Religious reformation, history, and eschatology: Protestant historiography in England during the sixteenth century

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2009

Avihu Zakai
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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Then came, at a predetermined moment, a moment in time and of time,

A moment not out of time, but in time, in what we call history: transecting, bisecting the world of time, a moment in time but not like a moment of time,

A moment in time but time was made through that moment: for without the meaning there is no time, and that moment of time gave the meaning.

T. S. Eliot, The Rock, VII

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven …

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished …

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The Apocalypse

Sanguine fundate est ecclesia, sanguine crevit, sanguine succrevit, sanguine finis erit. (The church was established in bloodshed; it grew and thrived on blood; it was renewed by blood; and its end will be in blood.)

Nathaniel Holmes, “Preface” to John Cotton, The Way of Congregational Churches Cleared, 1648
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Exile and Kingdom
History and Apocalypse in the Puritan Migration to America
, pp. 12 - 55
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 1991

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  • The creation of sacred time
  • Avihu Zakai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Book: Exile and Kingdom
  • Online publication: 18 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511522888.002
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  • Avihu Zakai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Book: Exile and Kingdom
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  • The creation of sacred time
  • Avihu Zakai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Book: Exile and Kingdom
  • Online publication: 18 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511522888.002
Available formats
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