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The Creation Of Eve From Adam In A Blasphemous And Shameful Way

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This chapter intends to investigate Clement's views in relation to early Christian literature and some possible analogies. It discusses Philo's elaboration of 'Eve' as important metaphor, which was known to Clement of Alexandria. The chapter presents evidence from the existing works of Clement. Hopefully through these three stages it will be possible to assess the degree, if any, of Clement's guilt in his teaching of the origin of Eve in an "impious and sacrilegious" manner. The growing importance of the doctrine of original sin, in which Adam and Eve were directly involved, highlighted the central role of the redeemer Jesus Christ and this theme became characteristic of mainstream Christianity. The chapter sketches the literary picture of Eve. It turns to Clement's oeuvre and examines what he has to say about the creation of Eve. Clement's exegesis of creation was closer to Jewish-Christian sources than to the Valentinians.

Keywords: Adam; Clement of Alexandria; early Christian literature; Eve; Philo



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