Numenius of Apamea, the Father of Neo-Platonism; Works, Biography, Message, Sources, and Influence


Author: Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie
Publisher: Theclassics.Us
ISBN: 9781230347141
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... which, being the principle of evil, is passionate in nature. Thus the divinity forgets himself, busies himself with matter, and comes to desire it, so that he is thereby "split" or divided. The result of this is that the "creator of Being" becomes "the creator of Essence," and forms the world of matter. This philosophical statement is more intelligible if interpreted by the more modern conception of divine love. Love is self-forgetful; and the Supreme allows his attention to wander by the mere fact that he is the Good,27 and thinks of the second divinity with "longing."28 He is "fatherly."29 drawing up matter to himself through that same emotion. CHAPTER VI. The Second Divinity ORIGIN OF THE SECOND DIVINITY. As the First Divinity is being, the second divinity is essence, "the divinity that is becoming," the divine immanence, inasmuch as he imitates the First, being analogous to him.1 So he remains contemplative or intellectual.2 That is why he is the "offspring"8 of the grandfather.4 Through this thoughtful contemplation, it is that he derives all his coloring and goodness.5 Ueberweg6 insists that this deification of the second principle was Numenius' most remarkable deviation from Plato, albeit Numenius himself remained unconscious of it; indeed, he even attributed this his doctrine to Socrates.7 Though this second divinity remains intelligible,8 still he becomes double and creates (in the very same manner as the creator of being was the Idea of being), first the Idea of himself, the creator of becoming; and second, the "beautiful world"9 of the Ideas. This makes of him the principle of becoming, inasmuch as he deposits, or unfolds, his own Being in the...

Backgrounds of Early Christianity


Author: Everett Ferguson
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802822215
Category: History
Page: 648
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New to this expanded & updated edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, & a fresh dicussion of first century social life, the Dead Sea Scrolls & much else.

Two Powers in Heaven

Early Rabbinic Reports About Christianity and Gnosticism
Author: Alan F. Segal
Publisher: Brill Archive
ISBN: 9789004054530
Category: Religion
Page: 313
View: 1991

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Segal reconstructs the development of the "two powers in heaven" heresy through prudent dating of the stages of the rabbinic traditions. Segal stresses the importance of perceiving the relevance of rabbinic material for solving traditional problems of New Testament and gnostic scholarship, and at the same time maintains the necessity of reading those literatures for dating rabbinic material.

Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity

Volume 2: Separation and Polemic
Author: Stephen G. Wilson
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 0889205523
Category: Religion
Page: 197
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The second volume in this two-volume work studying the initial developments of anti-Judaism within the church examines the evolution of the Christian faith in its social context as revealed by evidence such as early patristic and rabbinic writings and archaeological findings.

The Question of "eclecticism"

Studies in Later Greek Philosophy
Author: John M. Dillon,A. A. Long
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520206960
Category: History
Page: 271
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00 This collection of essays is addressed to the growing number of philosophers, classicists, and intellectual historians who are interested in the development of Greek thought after Aristotle. In nine original studies, the authors explore the meaning and history of "eclecticism" in the context of ancient philosophy. The book casts fresh light on the methodology of such central figures as Cicero, Philo, Plutarch, Sextus Empiricus, and Ptolemy, and also illuminates many of the conceptual issues discussed most creatively in this period. This collection of essays is addressed to the growing number of philosophers, classicists, and intellectual historians who are interested in the development of Greek thought after Aristotle. In nine original studies, the authors explore the meaning and history of "eclecticism" in the context of ancient philosophy. The book casts fresh light on the methodology of such central figures as Cicero, Philo, Plutarch, Sextus Empiricus, and Ptolemy, and also illuminates many of the conceptual issues discussed most creatively in this period.

The Theology of Arithmetic

On the Mystical, Mathematical and Cosmological Symbolism of the First Ten Numbers
Author: Iamblichus
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 9780933999725
Category: Philosophy
Page: 130
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Attributed to Iamblichus (4th cent. AD), The Theology of Arithmetic is about the mystical, mathmatical and cosmological symbolism of the first ten numbers. Its is the longest work on number symbolism to survive from the ancient world, and Robin Waterfield's careful translation contains helpful footnotes, an extensive glossary, bibliography, and foreword by Keith Critchlow. Never before translated from ancient Greek, this important sourcework is indispensable for anyone intereted in Pythagorean though, Neoplatonism, or the symbolism of Numbers.

On First Principles


Author: Origen
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 0870612808
Category: Religion
Page: 576
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Origen’s On First Principles is a foundational work in the development of Christian thought and doctrine: it is the first attempt in history at a systematic Christian theology. For over a decade it has been out of print with only expensive used copies available; now it is available at an affordable price and in a more accessible format. On First Principles is the most important surviving text written by third-century Church father, Origen. Origen wrote in a time when fundamental doctrines had not yet been fully articulated by the Church, and contributed to the very formation of Christianity. Readers see Origen grappling with the mysteries of salvation and brainstorming how they can be understood. This edition presents G. W. Butterworth’s trusted translation in a new, more readable format, retains the introduction by Henri de Lubac, and includes a new foreword by John C. Cavadini. As St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Doctor of the Church, wrote: “Origen is the stone on which all of us were sharpened.”

The Philosophical Life


Author: Arthur P. Urbano
Publisher: CUA Press
ISBN: 0813221625
Category: Philosophy
Page: 353
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Ancient biographies were more than accounts of the deeds of past heroes and guides for moral living. They were also arenas for debating pressing philosophical questions and establishing intellectual credentials, as Arthur P. Urbano argues in this study of biographies composed in Late Antiquity

Plotinos, Complete Works, in Chronological Order, Grouped in Four Periods;


Author: Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie
Publisher: Gleed Press
ISBN: 1408695774
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 288
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Contra Celsum

Libri VIII
Author: Orígenes
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004119765
Category: Religion
Page: 637
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A critical edition of Origen's main and longest work "Contra Celsum."

Plotinus the Enneads

In Chronological Order, Grouped in Four Periods
Author: Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781974549207
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This edition of the Enneads of Plotinus was the first full English translation. The work follows in the footsteps of previous Platonists, such as Ficinus and Taylor, and builds on Dr. Guthrie's translations and explanations of Plotinus's master Numenius, the Pythagorean texts, the works of Proclus, etc. Dr. Guthrie's translation includes several major features that are not found elsewhere, including a reorganization of the books of the Enneads into chronological order, displaying 4 progressive stages of development, which allows for a more complete examination of the development of Plotinus's philosophy (see the full edition of Guthrie's "Plotinus: Complete Works" for his own examination of that development). || The present translation "is the best for him who wishes to understand Plotinus, because it is the only edition that unscrambles, chronologically, Plotinus's 4 progressive stages of development from Porphyry's frightful hodgepodge of 9 medleys. . . . It is the most faithful version, because Dr. Guthrie's sole object was to focus the labors of the best students, Marsilius Ficinus, Mueller, Drews, Bouillet, Chaignet, Taylor, and others; but one only thing he does claim, that he has not knowingly left any obscurity. Otherwise he glories in this subservience to all the best that had been done before him, and for himself he claims nothing but the unappreciated production of what nobody else would do, and the critical discovery of Plotinus's progress."-K. S. GUTHRIE