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When Souls Had WingsPre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001

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Philo to Christian Beginnings

Philo to Christian Beginnings

(p.39) 3 Philo to Christian Beginnings
When Souls Had Wings

Terryl L. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

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In the Hellenistic era, the center of Christian learning shifted to Alexandria. Philo effects a synthesis of Platonic and Hebraic ideas, including preexistence. The idea persists through numerous apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal traditions, associated with Enoch, Moses, Joseph, Ezra, and Solomon. It also appears in Gnostic texts from Nag Hammadi, often in connection with the figure of Sophia. In Paul, the preexistent church and Christ's preexistence are important.

Keywords:   Apocrypha, Enoch, Gnostics, Joseph, Moses, Paul, Philo, Pseudepigrapha, Solomon, Sophia

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