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Nature And Scripture: The Two Witnesses To The Creator

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The phrase, ?the two witnesses to the Creator? comes from a ?teaching song,? madrashe, of the fourth-century exegete, Ephraem, the Syrian. Any exploration of the differences in Christian and Gnostic understanding of the relationship between God, human beings and the cosmos as a whole begs the question of who is to be identified as Gnostic.? This chapter emphasizes the challenges faced by the early Christian thinkers in respect to the understanding of the world of nature, in all its forms, including the understanding of human nature and its relationship to the otherness of the creation of which they are part. Scripture occupies an absolutely fundamental place in the life of the Christian communities. Using Basil?s Hexaemeron as his guide, Bishop Ambrose of Milan delivered nine sermons around the year 387.

Keywords: Christian communities; Ephraem; Hexaemeron; Syrian; two witnesses



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