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Salutation and Salvation in Early Modern Theology

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jats:pAt first glance, salutation and salvation could hardly be farther apart: the one ephemeral and everyday, the other eternal, of supreme importance. How should one understand the link, often insisted upon by Christian theologians, between the transience of a salutation and the transcendence of salvation? My argument in this essay is bifold: I first demonstrate that early modern writers, and especially Protestant theologians, regarded salutations as profoundly linked to salvation. I then argue that at the heart of this close association is an issue of temporality—a matter of infusing mundane, mortal time with the extra-temporal, ineffable quality of eternity.</jats:p>

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47 Language, Communication and Culture, 4705 Literary Studies

Journal Title

Renaissance Quarterly

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0034-4338
1935-0236

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73

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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Leverhulme Trust (RF-2011-491)