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From Greco-Roman Antiquity via to the ecu Enlightenment, philosophy and non secular notion have been inseparably interwoven. This used to be both the case for the preferred common or 'pagan' religions of the traditional international because it was once for the 3 pre-eminent 'religions of the book', particularly Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The long and concerned stumble upon of the Greek philosophical culture - and particularly of the Platonic, Aristotelian, and Neoplatonic strands of that culture - before everything with the Hellenistic cults and thus with the 3 Abrahamic religions, performed a serious position in shaping the elemental contours of Western highbrow heritage from Plato to Philo of Alexandria, Plotinus, Porphyry, Augustine, and Proclus; from Aristotle to al-Farabi, Avicenna, al-Gazali, Aquinas and the medieval scholastics, and finally to Meister Eckhart and Nicholas Cusanus and such sleek philosophers and theologians as Richard Hooker, the Cambridge Platonists, Jacob Boehme, and G.W.F. Hegel to call yet a number of. the purpose of the twenty-four essays comprising this quantity is to discover the highbrow worlds of the 3 Abrahamic non secular traditions, their respective techniques to scriptural hermeneutics, and their interplay over many centuries at the universal flooring of the inheritance of classical Greek philosophy. The shared aim of participants is to illustrate the level to which the 3 Abrahamic religions have created comparable shared styles of concept in facing an important spiritual options corresponding to the divine, construction, windfall, legislation either common and published, such difficulties because the beginning of evil and the potential of salvation, in addition to defining hermeneutics, that's to claim the way of examining their sacred writings.

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O’Meara, “La science métaphysique (ou théologie) de Proclus comme exercice spirituel,” in A. Segonds and C. ), Proclus et la Théologie Platonicienne. D. G. J. Hankey, “‘Knowing As We are Known’ in Confessions 10 and Other Philosophical, Augustinian and Christian Obedience to the Delphic Gnothi Seauton from Socrates to Modernity,” Augustinian Studies 34:1 (2003): 23–48 at 41–48. 26 See G. Endress, “The New and Improved Platonic Theology. Proclus Arabus and Arabic Islamic Philosophy,” in A. Segonds and C.

3 Opif. 134. English translations of Greek text are generally my own, though in some cases, I have left crucial philosophical terms untranslated. In cases where the English rendition of Philo’s text is acceptable, I have often retained (or emended) the translation found in The Works of Philo vol. 1-10 ed. and trans. H. H. Whitaker, Loeb Classical Library (Cambridge: Harvard University Press: 1929). 4 Opif. 134-5. Philo Judæus of Alexandria: The Paradigmatic Exegete 19 to Philo, both animal and human souls are capable of perception, imagination and impulse, but only the human is endowed with dianoia, the activity of which both belongs to its human nature and is required for immortality.

Mahdi (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1972), 79. CHAPTER TWO PHILO JUDÆUS OF ALEXANDRIA: THE PARADIGMATIC EXEGETE EMILY PARKER Despite over a millennium between them, Philo of Alexandria (20 BCE to 50 CE) and Moses Maimonides (1135-1204 CE) have much in common. Both men belonged to prominent Jewish families caught in the midst of political upheaval. Philo and the Judeans struggled to retain social status in Alexandria after it was assumed under Roman rule. Under the Almohads in Cordoba, Maimonides was forced to choose either conversion to Islam, or death.

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