What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?: Timaeus and Genesis in Counterpoint

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This book discusses the way in which the issues of cosmogony (the origins of the world) are addressed by the Greek, Hebrew, Hellenistic, and Christian traditions by showing how Early Christian thinkers reconciled Plato's Timaeus and the Book of Genesis; two very different accounts of the creation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472108077
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Translations
I Classical Rome: "Description of the Universe" (Timaeus 90E) as Philosophy 1
II Athens: Geneseos Arche as "The Principle of Becoming" (Timaeus 29D-E) 23
III Jerusalem: Genesis as a "Likely Account" (Timaeus 29D) of One God Almighty Maker 45
IV Alexandria: The God of Genesis as "Maker and Father" (Timaeus 28C) 67
V New Rome: Christ as "God Made Perceptible to the Senses," "Only-Begotten God," and "Image of the God Apprehensible Only to the Mind" (Timaeus 92C) 89
VI Catholic Rome: The Trinity as "Source, Guide, and Goal" (Timaeus 27C-42D) 111
Bibliography 133
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