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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Their connection however, and consequently the composition of the whole work, cannot, according to Philo’s own intimations, be doubtful. And in what manner it does this, we opiificio consider.

Philo: On the Creation

For of the other numbers, some produce without being produced, others are produced but have no productive power themselves; others again both produce and are produced. And knowing that of all existing things light is the most excellent, he opificip it the instrument of the best of all the senses, sight.

And Philolaus gives his testimony to this doctrine of mine in the following Words: And again, the fruit when first produced is not perfect, but it contains in itself all kinds of change, with reference both to its quantity in regard of magnitude, and to its mundu in its multiform appearance: And any one may receive a confirmation of this from the fact, that every organic body has three dimensions, length, depth, and breadth; and mundo boundaries, the point, the line, the superficies, and the solid; and by theses, when combined, the number seven is made up.

On which account it has happened that this number is a xe of great importance, inasmuch as from an incorporeal substance perceptible only by intellect, it has led us on to a comprehension of a body opificko in a threefold manner, and which by its own nature is first perceived by the external senses. This view has found advocates even in very recent times; Lucius ‘ opinion particularly, that the Christian monkdom of the third century was here glorified opificlo a Jewish disguise, was widely accepted “Die Therapeuten,” For man as formed now is perceptible to the external senses, partaking of qualities, consisting of body and soul, man or woman, by nature mortal.

And they with joy store up their food for their daily use.

But as it is not every image that resembles its archetypal model, since many are unlike, Moses has shown this by adding to the words opfiicio his image,” the expression, “in his likeness,” to prove that it means an accurate impression, having a clear and evident resemblance in form. For when they set, the furrows are ploughed up for the purpose of sowing; and when they are about to rise, they bring glad tidings of harvest; and after they have arisen, they awaken the rejoicing husbandman to the collection of their necessary food.


But what has been already said is sufficient to show what the reasons were on account of which the serpent appears to have uttered a human voice. But dde is a due consequence and opifcio of things precedent and subsequent, if not in the completion of a work, at all events in the intention of the maker; for it is owing to order that they become accurately defined and stationary, and free from confusion.

Philo’s works

For before the earth was green, he says that this same thing, verdure, existed in the nature of things, and before the grass sprang up in the field, mundo was grass though it was not visible.

Since, then, this world is visible and the object of our external senses, it follows of necessity that it must have been created; on which account it was not without a wise purpose that he recorded its creation, giving a very venerable account of God.

And next the heaven was embellished in the perfect number four, and if any one were to pronounce this number the origin and source of the all-perfect decade he would not err. And the sensations are her panders, and conciliate love to her, and she employing them as baits, easily brings the mind into subjection to her.

And was not this reasonable? That of the incorporeal essence according to the superficies which quadrangular figures present, and that of the corporeal essence according to the other figure which cubes make; 93 and the clearest proof of this is afforded by the numbers already spoken of. 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.

For they turn the air towards the times, that are called the seasons of the year, causing in each of them innumerable changes by calm weather, and pleasant breezes, and clouds, and irresistible blasts of wind.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He believed that literal interpretations of the Hebrew Bible would stifle mankind’s view and perception opificjo a God too complex and marvelous to be understood in literal human terms.


The ceremony ends with a choral representation of the triumphal festival that Moses and Miriam arranged after the passage through the Red Sea opiicio, the voices of the men and the women uniting in a choral symphony until the sun rises.

Philonis Alexandrini libellus De opificio mundi

Having arranged these things, he gave them names, calling the day, “land,” and opicicio water which was separated from it he called “sea. All which things, like the puppets in a raree show, which are moved by strings by the manager, are at one time quiet, and at another time in motion, each according to its suitable habits and capacities of motion.

And it is from inquiries into these things that philosophy has arisen, than which no more perfect good has entered into human life. Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: De mundi opificio Mangey, i. For the same ratio that eight bears to six, that also does twelve bear to nine. And they lick up the result of the labours of cooks and tavern-keepers; and at times some of them in ecstasy with the flavour of the delicious food, moves about his head and reaches forward, being desirous to participate in the sight.

On which account even the infant when first brought forth cries, being as it seems in pain at the cold. Or, when he was making the heaven and the earth and the sea, was he in need of no one to co-operate with him; and yet was he unable himself by his own power to make man an animal so short-lived and so exposed to the assaults of fate without the assistance of others? It therefore follows also of necessity, that time was created either at the same moment with the world, or later than it–and to venture to assert that it is older than the world is absolutely inconsistent with philosophy.

The pre-eminence of Life-breath and Light are shown, he says, by the one being called “the Spirit of God ,” and the other pronounced “good” or “beautiful.

He repudiates a science that numbered among Its followers the sacred band of the Pythagoreansinspired men like ParmenidesEmpedoclesZenoCleanthesHeraclitusand Platowhom Philo prized “Quod Omnis Probus,” i. For our generation has been from men: