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The Powers Of God. Seraphim, Cherubim And Powers In Philo Of Alexandria

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The question of God's unknowability leads to a consideration of the powers of God and the improper names used to designate Him. This chapter introduces the theme of the powers. It then compares the way some themes in the fragment are handled with theories set out in Philo's texts and try to determine whether the parallel passages present theories that are basically similar, and if they are different, determine what kinds of differences there are. It analyses whether a specific reason can be found for the author's choosing to interpret Isaiah, instead of confining himself to the parallel passages found in Genesis and Exodus, when Philo's exegesis rarely strays from the Pentateuch. Can we, regardless of who the author of the fragment is, formulate any hypotheses as to why reference to the biblical passage in question was necessary?.

Keywords:Cherubim; God; Philo of Alexandria; Seraphim



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