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1 - Foreshadowings

Philo of Alexandria

from Part I - Beginnings

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 December 2023

M. David Litwa
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Boston College, Massachusetts
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This chapter introduces Philo of Alexandria, including his life, work, social standing, and scholarly methods. It shows how Philo foreshadows all six of the Alexandrian theological tendencies outlined in the Introduction. He upheld a transcendent God (the Existent), distinguished creative powers (the Logos and unnamed auxiliaries), upheld a manifestation of God (the Logos) as the archetypal Human, endorsed a tradition of transmigration, rejected the corruptible flesh as unworthy of salvation, and proposed the deification of the mind. At the same time, Philo practiced Jewish customs and did nothing to undermine his Jewish identity.

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Early Christianity in Alexandria
From its Beginnings to the Late Second Century
, pp. 23 - 32
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Foreshadowings
  • M. David Litwa, Boston College, Massachusetts
  • Book: Early Christianity in Alexandria
  • Online publication: 14 December 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009449571.003
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  • Foreshadowings
  • M. David Litwa, Boston College, Massachusetts
  • Book: Early Christianity in Alexandria
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  • Foreshadowings
  • M. David Litwa, Boston College, Massachusetts
  • Book: Early Christianity in Alexandria
  • Online publication: 14 December 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009449571.003
Available formats
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