Re: [neoplatonism] Re: hieroglyphs and gods
- On Jul 25, 2005, at 7:51 PM, Melanie B. Mineo wrote:
> "The belief in the immortality of the soul came to the Jews fromYes. This probably happened during Hellenistic times, when Plato
> contact with Greek thought and chiefly through the philosophy of
> its principal exponent,
visited Egypt. Platonism pervaded Alexandria up to the time the
Septuaginta was composed. As a Greek text, the translation may have
owed something to Platonism.
The Jewish philosopher Philo certainly read various parts of the
Pentateuch, especially Genesis, from a Platonic perspective.
One of my own wildest theories about the Hebrew Bible (Old
Testament)--or at least the version of it that came down to us from
the Greek--is that it derives from Greek letters. But this comes to
me only during rather extreme states of mind.
Certainly Nietzsche thought that was the case for the New Testament--
and for Christianity in general. He called Christianity "Platonism
for the masses," or words to that effect.
- Thanks Tim.
Let me say that in the Penelope Weaving thread I found your entries to be most illuminating and I think they stirred up some fine responses all around. Great stuff.
And thanks for getting those commentaries out at such reasonable prices
--- In email@example.com, Tim Addey <tim@...> wrote:
> Sorry Greg this volume is still having its updates checked, so we
> haven't gone to press as yet.... I guess its now more likely to be mid
> January before we get it back from the printers. And then a least a
> week before we can get a supply to Opening Mind.
> gregshaw58 wrote:
> > A question for Tim Addey... On the Prometheus Trust website it lists
> > the following:
> > Our next volume in the Platonic Texts and Translations Series will be
> > Damascius Lectures on the Philebus. We expect this to be available
> > from mid-December at £18. ISBN 978 1898910 48 0 176pp
> > I wanted to order this from Opening Mind, the US distributor of your
> > books, but as yet it is not listed. Can you give us an idea when the
> > Philebus commentary will be available?
> > thanks,
> > Greg Shaw
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