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Philo Of Alexandria, On The Eternity Of The World, 25


nanAnd there are testimonies also in the Timaeus to the fact of the world being exempt from disease and not liable to destruction, such as these: "Accordingly, of the four elements the constitution of the world receives each in all its integrity; for he who compounded it made it to consist of the whole of fire, and the whole of water, and the whole of air, and the whole of earth, not leaving any portion or any power of any one of them outside, from the following intentions:--


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1. Hebrew Bible, Proverbs, 2-9, 1 (9th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

2. Plato, Timaeus, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

32c. and out of these materials, such in kind and four in number, the body of the Cosmos was harmonized by proportion and brought into existence. These conditions secured for it Amity, so that being united in identity with itself it became indissoluble by any agent other than Him who had bound it together.
3. Aristotle, Heavens, 1.10 (4th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

4. Septuagint, Wisdom of Solomon, 1.14, 2.10, 2.22, 3.4, 4.1, 7.17, 8.13, 8.18, 15.13 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

1.14. For he created all things that they might exist,and the generative forces of the world are wholesome,and there is no destructive poison in them;and the dominion of Hades is not on earth. 2.10. Let us oppress the righteous poor man;let us not spare the widow nor regard the gray hairs of the aged. 2.22. and they did not know the secret purposes of God,nor hope for the wages of holiness,nor discern the prize for blameless souls; 3.4. For though in the sight of men they were punished,their hope is full of immortality. 4.1. Better than this is childlessness with virtue,for in the memory of virtue is immortality,because it is known both by God and by men. 7.17. For it is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists,to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements; 8.13. Because of her I shall have immortality,and leave an everlasting remembrance to those who come after me. 8.18. and in friendship with her, pure delight,and in the labors of her hands, unfailing wealth,and in the experience of her company, understanding,and renown in sharing her words,I went about seeking how to get her for myself. 15.13. For this man, more than all others, knows that he sins when he makes from earthy matter fragile vessels and graven images.
5. Philo of Alexandria, On The Eternity of The World, 77, 76 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

76. But some of those who used to hold a different opinion, being overpowered by truth, have changed their doctrine; for beauty has a power which is very attractive, and the truth is beyond all things beautiful, as falsehood on the contrary is enormously ugly; therefore Boethus, and Posidonius, and Panaetius, men of great learning in the Stoic doctrines, as if seized with a sudden inspiration, abandoning all the stories about conflagrations and regeneration, have come over to the more divine doctrine of the incorruptibility of the world;
6. Philo of Alexandria, On The Cherubim, 127 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

127. And for what reason is it built, except to serve as a shelter and protection? This is the object. Now passing on from these particular buildings, consider the greatest house or city, namely, this world, for you will find that God is the cause of it, by whom it was made. That the materials are the four elements, of which it is composed; that the instrument is the word of God, by means of which it was made; and the object of the building you will find to be the display of the goodness of the Creator. This is the discriminating opinion of men fond of truth, who desire to attain to true and sound knowledge; but they who say that they have gotten anything by means of God, conceive that the cause is the instrument, the Creator namely, and the instrument the cause, namely, the human mind. 127. And if their connections and families are very numerous, then by reason of their intermarriages and the mutual connections formed with different houses the iniquity and injury will proceed and infect the whole city all around.
7. Philo of Alexandria, On The Creation of The World, 17-20, 11 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

11. It is then a pernicious doctrine, and one for which no one should contend, to establish a system in this world, such as anarchy is in a city, so that it should have no superintendant, or regulator, or judge, by whom everything must be managed and governed.
8. Philo of Alexandria, On The Contemplative Life, 4, 3 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

3. with whom, however, who is there of those who profess piety that we can possibly compare? Can we compare those who honour the elements, earth, water, air, and fire? to whom different nations have given different names, calling fire Hephaestus, I imagine because of its kindling, and the air Hera, I imagine because of its being raised up, and raised aloft to a great height, and water Poseidon, probably because of its being drinkable, and the earth Demeter, because it appears to be the Mother of all plants and of all animals.
9. New Testament, Colossians, 2.8, 2.20 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

2.8. Be careful that you don't let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ. 2.20. If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordices
10. New Testament, Galatians, 4.3, 4.9 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

4.3. So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under theelements of the world. 4.9. But now thatyou have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, why do youturn back again to the weak and miserable elements, to which you desireto be in bondage all over again?


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(im)mortality Beyerle and Goff, Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (2022) 83
boethus of sidon Brouwer and Vimercati, Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age (2020) 67
diotima Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
gods, philo of alexandria on Brouwer and Vimercati, Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age (2020) 67
indestructibility of the world Brouwer and Vimercati, Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age (2020) 67
leah Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
moses Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
panaetius of rhodes Brouwer and Vimercati, Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age (2020) 67
philo of alexandria, on god Brouwer and Vimercati, Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age (2020) 67
philo of alexandria, on providence (πρόνοια) Brouwer and Vimercati, Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age (2020) 67
philo of alexandria Brouwer and Vimercati, Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age (2020) 67
plato Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
predestination (προόρισις), philo on Brouwer and Vimercati, Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age (2020) 67
rebecca Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
sarah Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
solomon Beyerle and Goff, Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (2022) 83
symposium Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
therapeutac Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
time, mythic' Beyerle and Goff, Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (2022) 83
time Beyerle and Goff, Notions of Time in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (2022) 83
virtue Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
xenophon Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142
zipporah Sly, Philo's Perception of Women (1990) 142