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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And the third ring hangs from the second, and the fourth opicicio the third, and the fifth from the fourth, and so on one from another in a long chain, being all held together by one attractive power, but still they are not all supported in the same degree.

To ask other readers questions about De opificio mundiplease sign up. View all 6 comments. He has only erred in the matter of declaring this whole group of writings older than the allegorical commentary p. And he permitted the race to continue to exist, but he no longer gave them food 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.

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And knowing that of all existing things light is the most excellent, he made it mumdi instrument of the best of all the senses, sight. On which account it has happened that this number is a thing of great importance, inasmuch as from an incorporeal substance perceptible only by intellect, it has led us on to a comprehension of a body divisible in a threefold manner, and which by its own nature is first perceived by the external senses.

For the delineation is more a popular one, while the large allegorical commentary is an esoteric, and according to Philo’s notions a strictly scientific work. De mundi opificio Mangey, i. And one may form a conjecture of the opificil of his bodily beauty from three considerations, the first of which is this: And it is a star above the heavens, the source of those stars which are perceptible by the external senses, and if any opifivio were to call it universal light he would not be very wrong; since opifico is from that opificko sun and the moon, and all the other planets and fixed munsi derive their due light, in proportion as each has power given to it; that unmingled and pure light being obscured when it begins to change, according to the change from that which is perceptible only by the intellect, to that which is perceptible by the external senses; for none of those things which are perceptible to the external senses is pure.


And while it is eagerly longing to behold him pure and unmingled, rays of divine light are poured forth upon it like a torrent, so as to bewilder the eyes of its intelligence by their splendour.

And he on one occasion coming to the wife of the first created man, reproached her with her slowness and her excessive prudence, because she delayed and hesitated to gather the fruit which was completely opifivio to look at, and exceedingly sweet to enjoy, and was, moreover, most useful as being a means by which men might be able to distinguish between good an evil.

And, as was very natural, the power of domination was excessive in that first-created man, whom God formed with great care and thought worthy of the second rank in the creation, making him his own viceroy and the ruler of all other creatures.

The fifth lesson that Moses teaches us is, that God exerts his providence for opuficio benefit of the world. Moreover he commanded every kind of tree to spring up, omitting no kind, either of those which are wild or of those which are called cultivated.

This exposition is more exoteric than allegorical and might have been intended for gentile audiences. 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. His method followed Philo 20 B. mndi

Books by Philo of Alexandria. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is just this which explains the transposition of this treatise into the catalogue of Eusebius, Hist. Divine Powers in Late Antiquity Author s: There is also a third, which is as follows: This great commentary included the following treatises:. For no trees of life or of knowledge have ever at any previous time appeared upon the earth, nor is it likely that any will appear hereafter.

For the number twelve exceeds eight by four, and eight exceeds six by two; and four is the double of two.

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

And the image of this image is that light, perceptible only by the intellect, which is the image of the divine reason, which has explained its generation. For he introduces the Father of the universe using this language: And in what manner it does this, we must consider.


For this sweet liquid, in due proportions, is as a sort of glue for the different substances, preventing the earth from being utterly dried up, and so becoming unproductive and barren, and causing it, like a mother, to furnish not only one kind of nourishment, namely meat, but both sorts at once, so as to supply its offspring with both meat and drink; wherefore he filled it with veins, resembling breasts, which, being provided with openings, were destined to pour forth springs and rivers.

Then follow by way of appendix a few treatises on certain cardinal virtues, and on the rewards of the good and the punishment of the wicked.

De opificio mundi

For God does not seem to have availed himself of any other animal existing in creation as his model in the formation of man; but to have been guided, as I have said before, by his own reason alone. For either by their risings, or their settings, or opigicio eclipses, or again by their appearances and occultations, or by the other variations observable in their motions, men oftentimes conjecture what is about to happen, the productiveness or unproductiveness of the crops, the birth re loss of their cattle, fine weather or cloudy weather, calm and violent storms of wind, floods in the rivers or droughts, a tranquil state of the sea and heavy waves, unusual changes in the seasons of the year munid either the summer is cold like winter, or the winter warm, or when the spring assumes the temperature of autumn or the autumn that of spring.

Stress is laid on the fact that Pleasure assails the man through the woman. And he drew a distinction between the sweet and drinkable water and that of the sea, attributing the former to the earth, and considering it a portion of the earth, rather than of the ocean, on account of the reason which I have already mentioned, that is to say, that the earth may be held together by the sweet qualities of the water as by a chain; the water acting in the manner of glue.

It is bidden to do so before sun and moon are made, that men may not attribute its fruitfulness to these.