Excerpt: ...ecstasy, sometimes in philosophical metaphysics, sometimes in the spirit of the mystical poet. Of his last manner let us take a specimen singled out by a Christian and a Jewish theologian as of surprising beauty. Commenting on the verse of the Psalmist, "The river of God is filled with water," Philo declares that it is absurd to call any earthly stream the river of God. "The poet clearly refers to the Divine Logos that is full of the fountain of wisdom, and is in no part itself empty. Nay, it is diffused through ...
Excerpt: ...ecstasy, sometimes in philosophical metaphysics, sometimes in the spirit of the mystical poet. Of his last manner let us take a specimen singled out by a Christian and a Jewish theologian as of surprising beauty. Commenting on the verse of the Psalmist, "The river of God is filled with water," Philo declares that it is absurd to call any earthly stream the river of God. "The poet clearly refers to the Divine Logos that is full of the fountain of wisdom, and is in no part itself empty. Nay, it is diffused through the universe, and is raised up on high. In another verse the Psalmist says, 'The course of the river gladdens the city of God.' And in truth the continuous rush of the Divine Logos is borne along with eager but regular onset, and overflows and gladdens all things. In one sense he calls the world the city of God, for it has received the 'full cup' of the Divine draught, and has quaffed a perpetual, eternal joy. But in another sense he gave this name to the soul of the wise, wherein God is said to walk as in a city. And who can pour out the sacred measures of their joy to the blissful soul which holds out the holy cup, that is its own reason, save the Logos, the cupbearer of God, the pg.149 master of the feast? Nor is the Logos cupbearer only, but it is itself the pure draught, itself the joy and exultation, itself the pouring forth and the delight, itself the ambrosial philtre and potion of bliss." 204 Through the luxury of metaphor and imagination one may discern the underlying thought of the mystic writer, that the Logos is the effluence of God, either in the whole universe or the individual man, filling the one as the other with the Divine Shekinah. It is the link which joins God and man, the ladder of Jacob's dream, which stretches from Heaven to earth. 205 That man can attain the Divine state by the help of God's effluence was a cardinal thought of Philo's; this, indeed, is the form in which he conceives the Messianic hope. God does not...
VeryGood. 1910. Green cloth boards have mild scuffing and slight soiling. Corners are sl. bumped, spine also has bumping. Binding loose but solid, text clean and bright. 273 pp. Philo-Judaeus is one of the major ancient Jewish philosophers. Covers 'Philo's worls and method'. 'Philo's theology', etc. This book is in great condition for its age. Satisfaction Guaranteed, International Shipping, Photos upon request.
Very Good. No Jacket. 12mo-over 6¾-7¾" tall. Green cloth with bright gilt lettering on front cover and spine, corners and spine ends a little bumped and worn, cover shows light rubbing. Page edges tanned. Binding tight, pages somewhat tanned but very clean, no markings. 273 pages. Free U. S. tracking, ships in cardboard.
Good. 1940 the jewish publication society of america, fair condition hardcover has significant general reading wear, some edge rubbing/scuffing with tearing by sleeve, missing DJ, endpages have wear/tear, interior is tanned-still a solid reading copy overall! We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books, ship within 48 hours and offer a 100% money back guarantee.
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