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By Eric Osborn

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Clement of Alexandria (150SH215) lived and taught within the so much vivid highbrow centre of his day. This publication deals a complete account of the way he joined the tips of the recent testomony to these of the classical international, as represented by means of Plato. Clement taught that God used to be energetic from the start to the top of human historical past and Christian lifestyles should still circulate on from basic religion to wisdom and love. Clement perceived a series of relationships flowing from the transcendent deity: first, God and his be aware, the Son, secondly, God and the area, and eventually, humans and their pals.

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Christians had to explore it, to advance beyond the mediocrity in which they slumbered. Tertullian spoke at this time of ‘nostra mediocritas’. Faith must grow into knowledge. Clement showed more sympathy with Gnostic sects than did his contemporaries; at least Gnostics saw the need to move on. His own ideal, the true gnostic or 82 See C. H. Roberts, Manuscripts, society and belief in early Christian Egypt (London, 1979), 12, 23, 53. Note also L. Patterson, ‘The divine became human: Irenaean themes in Clement of Alexandria’, StudPatr 31 (1997), 499.

We should note, too, that it is a protreptic discourse. It aims to convert Hellenes from myth and error to truth and the true Logos. It thus consciously confronts the question of the relation between the old Hellenic spirituality, as Clement sees it, and the new Christian spirituality which he wishes to put in its place’ (9). 2). Homer is ordered to be silent in the presence of those who have received the divine likeness of a God who dwells with them and feels for them. These are the chosen generation, the royal priesthood, the peculiar people of God.

39 But this has been challenged, for the account of Eusebius is not reliable. , 42. 40 H. ’ ZNW 20 (1921), 45. 3) and his role as teacher might be fused with his role as priest. 41 Neymeyr, Die christlichen Lehrer, 58. Life and works 15 teachers themselves. Clement sets out the important things for a Christian teacher to know about his office and activity. 3). 3). Just as the hidden meaning of the Stromateis is accessible through a spoken interpretation, so the hidden meaning of scripture can be explained by word of mouth.

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