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Christ as CreatorOrigins of a New Testament Doctrine$
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Sean M. McDonough

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.001.0001

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The Problem of Philo

The Problem of Philo

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(p.135) 6 The Problem of Philo
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Christ as Creator
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Sean M. McDonough (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.003.0006

Philo is a ‘problem’ in that he shuttles back and forth so constantly between Greek thought and the biblical text. Thus on the one hand he provides a particularly thorough treatment of the widespread Hellenistic concern with mediation between the divine order and the visible world. But the fact that he does this in the context of the Hebrew Bible brings him that much closer to the thought world of the early Christians. Nonetheless, the idea that Philo's writings contributed directly to the doctrine of Jesus' agency in creation cannot be proven. If the biblical texts on creation formed a common point of departure for Philo and the New Testament authors, the constraints of their intellectual systems caused them to travel from that point in almost completely opposite directions.

Keywords:   Philo, Christ, creation, Greek thought, mediation, order

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