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Titus Flavius Clemens (c. 150-215), better known as Clement of Alexandria, remains a puzzling figure in the history of the Christian Church. Clement was, however, a philosopher, teacher and theologian in his own right. Undeniably indebted to his predecessors, both Hebrew and Greek, he made a significant contribution to the history of Christian thought. Clement's use of various philosophies is a manifest and crucial element of his method, but we also need to verify how well his synthesis works, whether or not this eclecticism has an internal consistency which can form the basis for an understanding of Christian doctrine. Clement has long been considered the founder of Christian mysticism, but as yet little has been established to justify this title. Reading the Stromateis for the first time is a unique experience; it is a text unlike any other from the ancient world.

Keywords: Christian Church; Clement of Alexandria; Stromateis ; Titus Flavius Clemens



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