By the Same Word: Creation and Salvation in Hellenistic Judaism and Early Christianity

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Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - Religion - 392 pages
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This study compares writings from Second Temple Judaism, the New Testament and Gnosticism that adopt the Middle Platonic tri-partite view of reality, with its transcendent One, its cosmologically active intermediary, and its material realm, in their efforts to explain the relationship between the Deity and the physical cosmos. The study shows that these Jewish, Christian and Gnostic writings take up this intermediary doctrine to different ends, reflecting their distinctive views about creation and humanity s place therein.

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two Middle Platonic Intermediary Doctrine
28
The Roles
141
God and the Cosmos
204
The Roles
276
Hermeticum 1
292
Chapter Six Conclusion
352
and the Undoing of Creation
355
Index of Modern Authors
372
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Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, USA.

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