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Simplicity And Absence Of Qualities In God

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Philo specifically tackles the theme of God's simplicity in the work Quod deus sit immutabilis. Philo's argument develops starting out from the interpretation of some biblical passages that are interpreted in the light of God's unchangeability, immobility, non-determination and the absence of any attributes or qualities in Him. The heart of the issue is the contemporary presence in one being of two completely different characterisations, which continually crop up in the passages that the author analyzes, giving rise to certain difficulties and to formulations which are so contrasting that the critics vary as to their interpretations and translations of them. The chapter dwells on Deus 107-110, in particular. It then considers Donini's reading of the XII chapter of Didaskalikos. In Didaskalikos the first god is an intellect and the Forms are His thoughts.

Keywords:biblical passages; Deus 107-110; Didaskalikos; God; Philo; Quod deus sit immutabilis

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