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The Dazzling Light: A Metaphor On The Unknowability Of God

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The unknowability of God and the hypothesis that there are various ways of approaching He who cannot be seen was taken up by much of the later tradition. In particular, this chapter dwells on some passages of Origen in the light of an article by Dillon. The author discusses the age old question of whether Origen can be considered a systematic author. In Origen's opinion, the concept of God as light is to be understood in a metaphorical sense; it is the dynamis which allows men to see the truth or to know God himself. The chapter then focuses on Philonian interpretation of the simile of the sun and the image of the cave, which may provide a key for the interpretation of the Peri Archon.

Keywords:Dillon; God; Origen



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