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The Assumption That The Son Of God Is A Creature

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This chapter sketches Clement's dependence on Philo of Alexandria's doctrine of the origin of the divine Logos. The chapter considers some Scriptural documents which inspired Clement's Logos-theology. Philo provided Clement with a substantial amount of philosophical understanding of the Johannine Logos. It discusses the origin of divine Wisdom, as a synonym of the Logos, in Hebrew Sapiential literature. The chapter also discusses some evidence from Jewish-Christian sources, as they reveal that the notion of Christ as 'the first-created' was not a foreign one in early Christian theology. It discusses the passages from Excerpta ex Theodoto, where Clement's Logos-theology appeared in confrontation with some of the Valentinian concepts. It explains the origin of the problems in Clement's theology by reference to the Gnostic theories of the Saviour, as they were the main challenges to Clement's views. The Logos is inseparable from God, but also God is indissoluble from the Logos.

Keywords: Clement's Logos-theology; divine Logos; Excerpta ex Theodoto; God; Hebrew Sapiential literature; Jewish-Christian sources; Philo of Alexandria



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