Clement of Alexandria and the philonic doctrine of the divine power(s)
Source TitleVigiliae Christianae: a review of early Christian life and languages
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
University of Melbourne Author/sRunia, David
AffiliationArt History, Cinema, Classics And Archeology
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsRunia, D. T. (2004). Clement of Alexandria and the philonic doctrine of the divine power(s). Vigiliae Christianae: a review of early Christian life and languages, 58 (3), pp.256-276. https://doi.org/10.1163/1570072041718746.
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Abstract The present paper offers a comprehensive examination of how Clement appropriates the Philonic doctrine of the divine powers. It first examines the biblical basis of the doctrine, in which Pauline influence is superimposed on Genesis. It then successively treats the subject in the areas of theology, cosmology and the doctrine of creation, including the creation of humanity. For Clement experience of the divine power (usually in the singular) leads to knowledge of God (to the extent possible) and intimacy with him through the Son. Clement's Philonic heritage has enabled him to develop a positive and above all a dynamic theology.
KeywordsJewish Studies ; Christian Theology (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History); Understanding the Past of Other Societies
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