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The Teachings About Two Logoi Of The Father

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Clement's believed that there were two Logoi of the Father, that is two &t;Words&t; of the Father. This chapter summarizes recent debate on Clement's theory of the Logos. In Philo's theory, the Logos creates the universe in his own image. The Logos as a realm of perfect ideas calls the material world into being as a reflection of his own harmony, wisdom and beauty. The chapter discusses Clement's polemic against the Valentinian exegesis of the prologue of John's Gospel and their theory of the Logos. It reviews Edwards's interpretation seems to be closest to Clement's intention and the most faithful to the theological background which influenced its language, imagery and content. Clement of Alexandria adopted parts of Philo's characterisation of the divine Logos which he assimilated into a new Christian framework.

Keywords: Clement of Alexandria; divine Logos; John's Gospel; Philo's theory; Valentinian exegesis



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