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On Repentance

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The Day of Atonement is a particular occasion in the life of the community for "purification and escape from sins" through repentance. The rationale for repentance is explained in terms that indicate its general significance for the polity and, indeed, for all humankind. While the ideal for mortals is a god-like perfection, the reality is that all people sin and require some means of amendment. Those who are wise recognize the benefits of correction (§§ 176-177). In Abr. 7-46, Philo analyzes the nature of repentance within the context of a three-tiered scheme of moral types (the so-called lesser trinity).

Keywords:Philo; repentance



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