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human society.71 Thus, Old Testament eschatology says almost more about space than about time, and more about the past and present than about the future, since it tells about the present and past by selecting the language and images from the past that most closely approach the anticipated ideal.72 It would be erroneous, however, to pit time against space in this context. Es-chatological space and eschatological time are more appropriately classified as being relative to each other.

Regarding the various aspects of the concept of time, it is an improper stricture to claim one perspective at the expense of the Other. Rather, each model is to be seen as a complement to the Other. The tension between the God who has come and the God who is coming, between past and present orientations, must be considered constitutive. It will also accompany us in our explorations of "time" in the New Testament.

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