Bei den Griechen gab es
noch die „andere Zeit“, den Kairos.
Etwas banal übersetzt: „der günstige Augenblick“.
Im Neuen Testament hat das griechische Bilddenken Resonanz ausgelöst. In den Evangelien und besonders bei Paulus hat sich KAIROS als „Geheimname“ für JESUS als den CHRISTUS eingebürgert:
Kairos, on the other hand, was a young man, lithe and handsome. Statues of him could be found all across the Greek peninsula, but the most famous stood in now-ruined Sikyon. It had the following epigram carved into it:
Who and whence was the sculptor? From Sikyon.
And his name? Lysippos.
And who are you? Time who subdues all things.
Why do you stand on tip-toe? I am ever running.
And why do you have a pair of wings on your feet? I fly with the wind.
And why do you hold a razor in your right hand? As a sign to men that I am sharper than any sharp edge.
And why does your hair hang over your face? For him who meets me to take me by the forelock.
And why, in Heaven’s name, is the back of your head bald? Because none whom I have once raced by on my winged feet will now, though he wishes it sore, take hold of me from behind.
Why did the artist fashion you? For your sake, stranger, and he set me up in the porch as a lesson