New PDF release: The Studia Philonica Annual XXI, 2009

By David T. Runia, Gregory E. Sterling

ISBN-10: 1589834437

ISBN-13: 9781589834439

The Studia Philonica Annual is a scholarly magazine dedicated to furthering the examine of Hellenistic Judaism, specifically the writings and considered the Hellenistic-Jewish author Philo of Alexandria (circa 15 B.C.E. to circa 50 C.E.). Articles during this factor are David T. Runia, “The topic of Flight and Exile within the Allegorical Thought-World of Philo of Alexandria”; Scott D. Mackie, “Seeing God in Philo of Alexandria: The emblems, the Powers, or the Existent One?”; Tzvi Novick, “Perspective, Paideia, and lodging in Philo”; Gregory E. Sterling, “How Do You Introduce Philo of Alexandria? The Cambridge better half to Philo.”

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2) Contexts that identify θεός as ἀγένητος, and which lack the presence of intermediaries: Leg. 51; Cher. 44; Sacr. 57, 63, 101; Post. 63; Gig. 14; Plant. 64, 66; Ebr. 94; Migr. 157; Her. 98; Congr. 48, 107, 134; Somn. 249; Ios. 265; Mos. 171; Decal. 41, 120; Praem. 46, 87. (3) Contexts where intermediaries are present, but ἀγένητος undoubtedly refers to τὸ ὄν: Leg. 208; Sacr. 60, 66; Det. 124; Plant. 31; Conf. 98; Migr. 91, 192; Her. 206; Somn. 94; Decal. 60, 64. (4) Contexts where it may be inferred that ἀγένητος refers to τὸ ὄν: Her.

3) To denote something “false,” that is “without basis,” that “never happened,” or “lacks real existence” (Abr. 192; Ios. 167; Spec. 48; Flacc. 139). Seeing God in Philo of Alexandria 35 types of minds: the first infers God’s existence through the deity’s causal relationship to creation, while the second mind is more perfect and more thoroughly cleansed, having undergone initiation into the great mysteries, and it gains its knowledge of the First Cause not from created things, . . but in lifting its eyes above and beyond creation it obtains a clear vision of the Uncreated (ἔμφασιν ἐναργῆ τοῦ ἀγενήτοῦ), so as to apprehend both himself and his shadow.

39 As we have seen, the soul flees—almost always—beyond the heavens to God. God can be described as the creator or the ruler of the universe (cf. Post. 9 cited above), or as Being (τὸ ὄν). At the same time, however, he is unquestionably the God of Israel. The paradigm for ascending beyond the heavens and the universe to God is Abraham. The first patriarch, as we saw, is the archetypal emigrant 39 See now my analysis in “Why Philo of Alexandria Is an Important Writer and Thinker,” in Philon d’Alexandrie.

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