Thursday, February 6, 2014

Israel -- the One Who Sees God

Philo makes a number of interpretations repeatedly.  One is that Israel means "the one who sees God" and therefore the "Man of Vision" or the "race that has vision" (The Confusion of Tongues, XX, XXVIII, XXXI).  For Philo, "Israel" meant the "visionary men." John Chrysostom (Homilies 58), St. Augustine (City of God 16:39), and an old Christian document called On the Origin of the World (one of the Nag Hammadi texts) know the same meaning.

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