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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For some of them delight in marshy places, and in water which is very deep; and some in sewers and harbours, being neither able to crawl up upon the land, nor to swim off far from the land. To ask other readers questions about De opificio mundiplease sign up. 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. Now the number one produces all the other numbers in order, being itself produced absolutely by no other; and the number eight is produced by twice four, but itself produces no other number in the decade.

For the Creator and Father created him after every thing else as the sacred scriptures inform us. As in a third, his limbs increase, A beard buds o’er his changing face.

Joannis Philiponi De opificio mundi libri VII

For the lyre with seven strings, bearing a proportion to the assemblage of the seven planets, perfects its admirable harmonies, being almost the chief of all instruments which are conversant about music. And the stone which is called the magnet is subject to a similar deterioration. After a common morning prayer each goes home to resume his contemplation. While seven times seven years to sense Add ready wit and eloquence.

And this conduct suddenly changed both of them from innocence and simplicity of character to all opigicio of opificiio at which the Father of all was indignant.

Those who play with nuts are accustomed when they have placed three nuts on the floor, to place one more on the top of them producing a figure like a pyramid. And why may not this be reasonably affirmed? And it cannot be but that his descendants, who all partake of his original character, must preserve some traces of their relationship to their father, though they may be but faint.

Then he is a man till he reaches his forty-ninth year, or seven times seven periods. 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. Now, of the atheists, some have only doubted of the existence of God, stating it to be an uncertain thing; but others, who are more audacious, have taken courage, and asserted positively that there is no such thing; but this is affirmed only by men who have darkened the truth with fabulous inventions.

We have already shown, p. For the things which are seen are seven; body, distance, shape, magnitude, colour, motion, tranquillity, and besides these there is nothing. And any one may receive a confirmation of this from the fact, that every organic body has three dimensions, length, depth, and breadth; and four boundaries, the mhndi, the line, the superficies, and the solid; and by theses, when combined, the number seven is made up.


For in human beings the mind occupies the rank of the man, and the sensations that of the woman. Some scholars hold that his ve of the Logos as God’s creative principle influenced early Christology.

And it is on this account that Moses appears to me in the particular laws also which he issued in the respect to animals, deciding what were proper to be eaten, and what were not, to have given especial praise to umndi animal called the serpent fighter.

For men ploughing up the plains with difficulty, and bringing streams from rivers, and fountains by channels, and sowing and planting, and submitting indefatigably day and night to the labour of cultivating the ground, provide themselves every year with what is necessary, even that at times being attended with pain; and not very sufficient in quantity, from being injured by many causes.

For any iron ring which touches it is held by it as firmly as possible, but another which only touches that ring is held opififio firmly. For it was fitting that the recesses both of earth and sea should be revealed to that God-loving animal, the race of mankind, by the purest of essences, namely heaven.

Published by Cerf first published Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the Jewish Encyclopedia Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the Jewish Encyclopedia without a Wikisource reference Articles with Greek-language external links. From which it is plain that the essence of the number seven is the foundation of geometry and trigonometry; and in a word, of all incorporeal and corporeal substances.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth cattle and beasts, and creeping things of each kind. Anna Meliksetyan marked it as to-read Sep 19, Lists with This Book.

It is manifest also, that the archetypal seal, which we call that world which is perceptible only to the intellect, must itself be the archetypal model, the idea of ideas, the Reason of God. Print Save Cite Email Share.

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For when they set, the furrows opkficio 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. 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 external senses, and to which she returns by waning.

It was also greatly honoured by Moses, a man munxi attached to excellence of all sorts, who described its beauty on the munsi holy pillars of the law, and wrote it in the hearts of all those who were subject to him, commanding them at the end of each period of six days to keep the seventh holy; abstaining from all other works which are done in the seeking oipficio and providing the means of life, devoting that day to the single object of philosophizing with a view to the improvement of their morals, and the examination of their consciences: He is an infant till he reaches his seventh year, the age of the shedding of his teeth.


And this desire caused likewise pleasure to their bodies, which is the mubdi of iniquities and transgressions, and it is owing to this that men have exchanged their previously immortal and happy existence for one which is mortal and full of misfortune.

But man, made according to the image of God, dr an idea, or a genus, or a seal, perceptible only by the intellect, incorporeal, neither male nor female, imperishable by nature.

Go to the Philo page. And let no one think that he is able to judge of this likeness from the characters of the body: But it would be impossible for bodies to be measured by the number seven, according to the combination of the three dimensions, and the four boundaries, if it did not happen that the ideas of the first numbers, one, two, three and four, in which the number ten is founded, comprised the nature of the number seven.

For he foreknew with respect to men who were not yet born, what sort of beings they would be as to their opinions, forming conjectures on what was likely and probable, of which the greater part would be reasonable, though falling short of the character of unadulterated truth; and trusting rather to visible phenomena than to God, and admiring sophistry rather than wisdom.

The ceremony begins with a frugal meal consisting of bread, salted vegetables, and water, during which a passage of Scripture is interpreted. For before the earth was green, he says that this same thing, verdure, existed ee the nature of things, and before the grass sprang up in the field, there was grass though it was not visible.

De mundi opificio Mangey, i. Beluosus marked it as to-read Jan 02, The efficient cause of the universe we must remember is Goodness; and Goodness, to be attained by it as its capacity permits, is its final cause. For the one he called the breath of God, because it is air, which is the most life-giving of things, and of life the causer is God; and the other he called light, because it is surpassingly beautiful: For it would not have ce complete if it had not been made and composed of all parts which were likewise whole and complete.

Philo used philosophical allegory to attempt to fuse and harmonize Greek philosophy with Jewish philosophy.