The phrase, “the fullness of time” is an interesting one. You don’t hear it used every day. It’s an old English phrase. It denotes the completion of something planned, or even the fulfillment of something prophesied. Googling the phrase brings up a page of results entirely dominated by the Bible, pointing to Galations 4:4-5:1

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

It struck me as a bit unusual when Craig Federighi used this phrase at the Talk Show at WWDC 2016 (here’s a convenient transcript from iMore):

Right? So you just don’t want to have any central source that has that kind of knowledge, because in the fullness of time, anything is possible.

You see this phrase used somewhat outside religious literature but I suspect that most (if not all) of it is a hat tip — conscious or otherwise — to Paul’s letter.

As a friend in North Carolina once told me, “Anyone who hasn’t read the King James Version of the Bible is culturally illiterate.” That’s really true.


  1. That’s the ESV translation, but the NASB and KJV also use this phrase. The NIV does not. ↩︎