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 moreover it is owing jundi them that the most useful of all things, the nature of number exists, time having displayed it; for opigicio one day comes the limit, and from two the number two, and from three, three, and from the notion of a month is derived the number thirty, and from a year that number which is equal to the days of the twelve months, and from infinite time comes the notion of infinite number.

Books by Philo of Alexandria. 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.

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And this is the ratio of thirds. Smbat Hovhannisyan added it Aug 07, Having arranged these things, he gave them names, calling the day, “land,” and the water which was separated from it he called “sea. But it does not follow that because it is more admirable than anything that can be said of it, that on that account one ought to keep silence; but rather we ought to try, even if one cannot say everything which is proper, or even that which is most proper, at all events to utter such things as may be attainable by our capacities.

And in what manner it does this, we must consider. At all events, he who begins with the number sixty-four, and combines them in a doubling ratio, will make the seventh number four thousand and ninety-six, which is both a square and a cube, having sixty-four as its square root, and sixteen as its cube root.

We have already shown, p. For what the mind is in the soul, that the eye is in the body.

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Only thus can it be explained that Eusebius, Praep. It also comprises all the proportions, the arithmetical, the opifixio, and moreover the harmonic proportion. It must furthermore be remembered that Philo in none of his other works mentions these colonies of allegorizing ascetics, in which he would have mudi highly interested had he known of them.


Go to the Early Jewish Writings table of contents. And he who associated with and lived among them was naturally living in a state of unmixed happiness.

De opificio mundi by Philo of Alexandria

De mundi opificio Mangey, i. Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: But after all the rest, then, as has been said before, he created man, to whom he gave that admirable endowment of mind–the soul, if I may so call it, of the soul, as being like the pupil to the eye; for those who most accurately investigate the natures of things affirm, that it is the pupil which is the eye of the eye.

Since even those who have been born so many generations afterwards, when the race is becoming weakened by reason of the long intervals of time that have elapsed since the beginning of the world, do still exert the same power over the irrational beasts, preserving as it were a spark of the dominion and power which has been handed down to them by succession from their first ancestor. Many of the titles by which texts and text groups are known are modern conventions and not inventions of Philo.

Paperbackpages. For the four elements, out of which this universe was made, flowed from the number four as from a fountain. For if they had approximated they must have produced confusion, preparing for the contest, for the supremacy, with great and unextinguishable rivalry, if boundaries established between them had not separated them and prevented them from clashing together, 34 and these boundaries are evening and morning; the one of which heralds in the good tidings that the sun is about to rise, gently dissipating the darkness: His physical excellence can be guessed from the faint traces of it found in his posterity.

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. For those which are suspended at a distance from the original attraction, are held more loosely, because the attractive power is weakened, and is no longer able to bind them in an equal degree.

And the fourth number, eight, is a cube. Turning to the Seventh Day, Philo notes its dignity, and enlarges on the properties of the number 7, a in things incorporeal ; b in the material creation: And it is not well to examine either species superficially, but the second has a most manifest pre-eminence.


And the seasons bring everything to perfection and set everything right; giving perfection to the sowing and planting of fruits, and to the birth and growth of animals. On which account he led on and hastened the beginning towards the end, and caused the end to turn backwards to the beginning: Stress is laid on the fact that Pleasure assails the man through the woman.

And why may not this be reasonably affirmed?

For what other idea of opportunity can there be except that it is the time for success? And the number so produced, is calculated to reproduce the revolutions of the moon, bringing her back to the point from which she first began to increase in a manner perceptible by the opificoo senses, and to which she returns by waning.

For it would not have been complete if it had not been made and composed of all parts which were likewise whole and complete. Now the whole of time being divided into two opifiico day and night, the sovereignty of the day the Father has assigned to the Sun, as a mighty monarch: 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. It was easy to show in reply, that this popular delineation of the Mosaic legislation is on the contrary more recent than the bulk of the allegorical commentary.

Joannis Philiponi De opificio mundi libri VII

But of this city and constitution there must have been some citizens before man, who might be justly called citizens of a mighty city, having received the greatest imaginable circumference to dwell in; and having been enrolled in the largest and most munci commonwealth. He is a youth till the completion of the growth of his whole body, which coincides with the fourth seven years. For it is divided first of all into the number one, and the number six; then oipficio the two and the five; and last of all, into the three and the four.

On the seventh day both ooificio and women assemble together in a hall; and the leader delivers a discourse consisting of an allegorical interpretation of a Scriptural passage.