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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The theme dealt with by a Cosmogony is, indeed, too lofty for adequate treatment. For the Creator and Father created him after every thing else as the sacred scriptures inform us. If we examine the number six which is composed of two threes, if these two numbers are multiplied ppificio is not the number six that is produced, but a different one, the number nine.

Further, it argues for a Philonic conception of demiurgy including opifiico creation of Man which is properly dynamic in a sense that anticipates some Neoplatonic conceptions of the demiurgic process.

But in the paradise, made by God, all the plants were endowed in the souls and reason, producing for their fruit the different virtues, and, moreover, imperishable wisdom and prudence, by which honourable and dishonourable things are distinguished from one another, and also a life free from disease, and exempt from corruption, and all other qualities corresponding to these already mentioned. For that which neither produces, nor is produced, remains immovable.

De opificio mundi by Philo of Alexandria

For what the mind is in the soul, that the eye is in the body. After the meal the members of the society in turn sing religious songs of various kinds, to which the assembly answers with a refrain. But with regard to that which has not been created, there is no feeling of interest as if it were his own in the breast of him who has not created it. His allegorical exegesis was important for several Christian Church Fathers, but he has barely any reception history within Judaism.

Joannis Philiponi De opificio mundi libri VII

Don’t have an account? The pre-eminence of Life-breath and Light are shown, opigicio says, by the one being called “the Spirit of God ,” and the other pronounced “good” or “beautiful. Jun 26, Yann rated it really liked it Shelves: The spring equinox in the constellation of Aries, and the autumnal one in Libra, gives the most evident demonstration possible of the divine dignity of the number seven.


This survey of the contents shows at once, that it was Philo’s intention to place before his readers a clear description of the entire contents mnudi the Pentateuch, which should be in essential matters complete. And again, the seventh number from the unit being increased in a threefold ratio, that is to say, the number seven hundred and twenty-nine, is a square, the number seven and twenty being multiplied by re and it is also a cube, by nine being multiplied by itself nine times.

Philonis Alexandrini libellus De opificio mundi

After that he created the races of birds as akin to the races of aquatic animals for they are each of them swimmersleaving no species of creatures which traverse the air unfinished. And the beginning of his life being liable to reproach, was his wife.

At the moment of his first birth, man found all the requisites for life ready prepared for him that he might teach them to those who should come afterwards. It was necessary that man should be the last of all created beings; in order that being so, and appearing suddenly, he might strike terror into the other animals. In the tenth, the desirable end of life comes upon him, while his limbs and organic senses are still unimpaired: This can not be explained as a Stoic diatribe; for in this case Philo would not have repeated it.

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. In the ninth, his passions assume a mildness and gentleness, from being to a great degree tamed. And it is not well to examine either species superficially, but the second has a most manifest pre-eminence. 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.

And after the fishes, he created winged and terrestrial animals: For if the earth were left entirely dry, so that no moisture arose and penetrated through its holes rising to the surface in various directions, it would split. Opificil, after each of the senses have been subjected to the charms of pleasure, and has learnt to delight in what is offered to it, the sight being fascinated by varieties of colours and shapes, the hearing by harmonious sounds, munndi taste by the sweetness of flowers, and jundi smell by the delicious fragrance of the odours which are brought before it, these all having received these offerings, like handmaids, bring them to the mind as their master, leading with them persuasion as an advocate, to warn it against rejecting any of them whatever.


And the rider oppificio any toil, but in the most perfect quiet, makes a rapid journey, by using the body and feet of another animal. Lastly, the third part embraces c the delineation of the legislation properwhich is divided into opificoo parts: When he has passed a fourth such time, His strength and vigour’s in its prime.

And so the Creator has made man to be as it were a charioteer and pilot over all other animals, in order that he may hold the reins and direct the course of every thing upon earth, having the superintendence of all animals and plants, as a sort of viceroy of the principal and mighty King.

For at times, innumerable herds of beasts are led about by one man, not armed, nor wearing iron, nor any defensive weapon, but clad only in a skin for a garment, and carrying a staff, for the purpose of making signs, and to lean upon also in his journeys if he become weary. Yves Cohen marked it as to-read Oct 19, And he says well; for nothing that is born on the earth is more resembling God than man.

But a right angle does not admit of comparison, nor is one right angle more a right angle than another: Gonzalo Carballo rated it really liked it May 10,