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Law Of Nature And Light Of The Law In The Book Of Wisdom (Wis 18:4c)

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The presence of many close connections between the Book of Wisdom and the philosophy of its time, particularly Stoicism and Middle Platonism, is a phenomenon already well-established by scholars. In the Book of Wisdom, the theme of the Law does not have a central role. The chapter discusses some aspects which hold important with regard to the theme of the law. The Book of Wisdom is wholly addressed to those within the Jewish community of Alexandria. Therefore, we cannot entirely exclude from Wis 6:4 a further allusion to the Mosaic Law. And the metaphor of the law as light was certainly not unknown in the Biblical tradition. The chapter also talks about the law of nature in Stoicism, Philonic restatement of the 'law of nature', antecedents of philo in Greek-speaking Judaism, and originality of the presentation of the law in WIS 18:4 and the whole of the Book of Wisdom.

Keywords: Book of Wisdom; Greek-speaking Judaism; law of nature; Mosaic Law; Stoicism; theme of the Law; universal law

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