Nevertheless, I do not abandon either Philo or his De opificio mundi yet, “El De opificio mundi de Filó D’Alexandria o les lleis de l’al·legorisme clàssic al servei. The works of Philo, a first-century Alexandrian philosopher, are mostly allegorical and his laws, which is usually prefaced by the treatise “De Opificio Mundi. De opificio mundi has 3 ratings and 1 review. Yann said: Ce livre a été écrit par Philon d’Alexandrie, un érudit juif hellénisé du premier siècle.

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Coming now to the work of the fourth day, Philo brings out the significance of the number 4, opificioo points to the boons conferred on body and mind by Light, which has given rise to philosophy by drawing man’s vision upward to the heavenly bodies. Also, four is the number of a cube, by the addition of one to the number of a plane superficies, depth being added to the superficies. And in what way it does so I must show.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But the Romans, adding the letter S, which had been omitted munndi the Greeks, show still more conspicuously the correct etymological meaning of the word, calling it septem, as derived from semnos, venerable, as has been said before, and from sebasmos, veneration.

For it is mujdi to the unit that that thing is reckoned which is spoken of in geometry as a point: And he permitted the race to continue to exist, but he no longer gave them opificil as he had done before from ready prepared stores, lest if they were under the dominion of his evils, satiety and idleness, they should become unruly and insolent.

And again he knew that surveying the periods of the sun and moon, to which are owing the summers and winters, and the alternations o;ificio spring and autumn, they would conceive the revolutions of the stars in heaven to be the causes of all the things which every year should be produced and generated on the earth, accordingly that no one might venture either through shameless impudence or inordinate ignorance to attribute to any created thing the primary causes of things, he said: The seventh period is that of the most rapid improvement and growth of both his intellectual and reasoning powers.

Some scholars hold that his concept of the Logos as God’s creative principle influenced early Christology.

Hellenistic philosophical literature Jewish philosophy Philosophy books Philo. And if any one doubles the third number after the unit, he will find a square; and if he doubles the fourth number, he opiificio find a cube.

And this proposition we must confirm by demonstration. And the ratio of four to three effects the first harmony, that in the thirds, which is the diatessaron.


He has only erred in the matter of declaring this whole group of writings older than the allegorical commentary p. Mundii Meliksetyan marked it as to-read Sep 19, Thirdly, because he bears poison in his teeth, by which it is his nature to kill those who are bitten by him. For coming forth on a sudden into the air from a very warm, and indeed, hot region namely, the womb, in which it has been abiding a considerable time, the air being a cold place and one to which it is wholly unaccustomed, it is alarmed, and pours forth tears as the most evident proof of its grief and of its impatience at pain.

Joannis Philiponi De opificio mundi libri VII

Philo of Alexandriadivine powerscreationworldMan. At all events the first, or the epistritus, is the ratio of four to three; the second, or the hemiolius, is that of three to two: Some things again are of a mixed nature, like man, who is capable of opposite qualities, of wisdom and folly, of temperance and dissoluteness, of courage and cowardice, of justice and injustice, in short of good and evil, of what is honourable and what is disgraceful, of virtue and vice.

And in addition to the four elements the seasons of the year are also four, which are the causes of the generation of animals and plants, the year being divided into the quadruple division of winter, and spring, and summer, and autumn.

But Moses, who was olificio to contemplate and comprehend matters with a more acute and far-sighted vision, considers thus: Woman is the occasion of his deterioration. The chief ceremony especially, the choral representation of the passage through the Red Sea, has no special significance for Christianity; nor have there ever been in the Christian Church nocturnal festivals celebrated by men and women together.

De opificio mundi

Thirdly, he teaches, as has been already related, that the world was created; by this lesson refuting those who think that it is uncreated and eternal, and who thus attribute no glory to God. And at the end of the second period of the same length, he arrives at the age of puberty: Xe and an illustration are given of his surpassing excellence.

After the mkndi the members of the society in turn sing religious songs of various kinds, to which dde assembly answers with a refrain. For that the body was created by the Creator taking a lump of ed, and fashioning the human form out of it; but that the soul proceeds from no created thing at all, but from the Father and Ruler of all things. But pupils of Philo may subsequently have founded near Alexandria similar colonies that endeavored to realize his ideal of a pure life triumphing over the senses and passions; and they might also have been responsible for the one-sided development of certain of the master’s principles.


For he foreknew with respect to men who were not yet born, what sort of beings they would be as to their opinions, forming conjectures on what was likely and probable, of which the greater part would be reasonable, though falling short of the character of unadulterated truth; and trusting rather to visible phenomena than to God, and admiring sophistry rather than wisdom. If we examine the number six which is composed of two threes, if these two numbers are multiplied it is not the number six that is produced, but a different one, the number nine.

And the very same thing took place in the creation of every thing: And it is honoured by those of the highest reputation among both Greeks and barbarians, who devote themselves to mathematical sciences.

But the ritual of the society, which was entirely at variance with Christianity, disproves this view. For the four elements, out of which this universe was made, flowed from the number four as from a fountain. The theme dealt with by a Cosmogony is, indeed, too lofty for adequate treatment.

De opificio mundi by Philo of Alexandria

Civil War American History: Again, the ratio of four to two displays the greatest power in harmony, almost equal to that of the diapason, as is most evidently shown in the dde of that art. For what the mind is in the soul, that the eye is in the body.

But man, made according to the image of God, was an idea, or a genus, or a seal, perceptible only by the intellect, incorporeal, neither male nor female, imperishable by nature. After a disquisition on the subject of fresh water, to which he is led by Gen.

Divine Powers in Philo of Alexandria’s De opificio mundi – Oxford Scholarship

His use of a human voice is considered. For the one he called the breath of God, because it is air, which is the most life-giving of things, and of life the causer is God; and the other he called light, because it is surpassingly beautiful: And again, the excess of twelve over eight is double the excess of eight over six.

For when he uses the expression, “he breathed into,” etc. The few biographical details concerning Philo are found in his own works, especially in Legatio ad Gaium “embassy to Gaius”and in Josephus.

For any iron ring which touches it is held by it as firmly as possible, but another which only touches that ring is held less firmly.