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Cosmology And Music Wis 19:18 And The Concept Of Creation In The Book Of Wisdom

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Wis: 19:18, with its appropriate musical analogy, is an attempt to present to an audience, already familiar with a way of thought, that draws, perhaps in the first place, on the Greek world, the miracle of the Crossing of the Red Sea. This chapter examines the arrière-plan to which the author of Wisdom makes reference in his cosmological argument. After a brief analysis of the syntactic structure of 19:18 and taking account also of 11:17, it describes the conception of creation. The chapter presents a brief excursus on the cosmological ideas of how the world began that were prevalent at the time of the composition of Wisdom. The terminology employed in 19:18 is immediate testimony that the rationalising explanation that the author of Wisdom gives of the miracle of the crossing of the Red Sea is suitable for readers who have a Hellenistic idea of physics.

Keywords: Book of Wisdom; continuous creation; cosmology; Hellenism; music; Wis 19:18

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