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Table Of Contents

1.1. The Fusion of Creation Myth and Salvation History
1.2.1. A Liturgical Vorleben
1.2.2. A Hebraic Sapiential Vorleben
1.2.3. A Hellenistic Jewish Vorleben
1.2.3.1. Hellenistic Sapiential and Exegetical Traditions
1.2.3.2. “Gnosticism”
1.2.4. A Middle Platonic Vorleben
1.3.1. The Question behind this Study
1.3.2. The Thesis of this Study
1.3.3. Methods and Methodological Caveats
1.4. Summary of Introduction
2.1. A Transcendent Supreme Principle10
2.2. Demiurgic Activity and the Intermediate Principle
2.3. Prepositional Metaphysics
2.3.1. Excursus #1: The Prepositional Phrase t¹ di’ ox
2.4. The Anagogic Function of the Intermediate Principle
2.5. Summary of Chapter Two
3.1. Wisdom of Solomon
3.1.1. Introduction
3.1.2.1. Sophia’s Ontology
3.1.2.2. Sophia’s Cosmogonic Function
3.1.2.3. Sophia’s Administration of the Cosmos
3.1.3. Sophia, Salvation and Anthropological Fulfillment
3.1.3.1. “She makes them friends of God”
3.1.3.2. Sophia and the Unity of Creation and “Salvation”
3.1.4. Conclusion to “Wisdom of Solomon”
3.2. Philo of Alexandria
3.2.1. Introduction
3.2.3. God?
3.2.4. Between God and Creation: An Intermediary Nexus
3.2.4.1. The Many Names of the Intermediary
3.2.4.2. The Ways of Being of the Philonic Intermediary
3.2.5. The Logos as Agent of Creation
3.2.5.3. The Paradigmatic Use of the Logos: The Logos as eQj¾m
3.2.5.3.1. “This teaching is Moses’, not mine.”
3.2.5.3.2. The eQj¾m and the Form of Reason
3.2.5.3.3. Philo’s Cosmological Ideas
3.2.5.4. The Stoic Aspect: The Logos and Cosmic dio¸jgsir
3.2.6. The Anthropological Role of the Logos
3.2.6.1. A Page from Stoic Anthropology
3.2.6.2. The Logos and Psychic Anagogy
3.2.7. Conclusion to “Philo of Alexandria”
3.3. Summary of Chapter Three
4.1.1. The Origin and Nature of 1 Cor 8:6
4.1.1.1. Function of Text
4.1.1.2. Origin of the Text
4.2.1.1. Structure
4.2.1.2. Origin
4.2.2. Cosmological Agency in Col 1:15–20
4.2.2.1. The Son’s Ontological Status in Col 1:15
4.2.2.2. Cosmogonic Functions of the Son in Col 1:16
4.2.2.3. The Son as Continually Sustaining the Cosmos
4.2.2.4. Summary of the Cosmology of the Colossian Hymn
4.2.3. Soteriological Agency in Col 1:15–20
4.2.3.1. The Son’s New Ontological Status
4.2.3.2. The Purpose (Clause) of the Second Strophe
4.2.3.3. The Son’s Reparation of the Cosmos
4.2.3.4. Summary of the Soteriology of the Colossian Hymn
4.3. Hebrews 1:1–4
4.3.1. Origin and Nature of Hebrews 1:1–4
4.3.1.1. Structure
4.3.1.2. Source(s)?
4.3.2.1. Heb 1:2c: “through whom he made the ages”
4.3.3. Soteriology
4.3.3.1. Heb 1:2b: “whom he appointed heir of all things”
4.3.4. Interrelationship of Cosmology and Soteriology
4.4. The Johannine Prologue
4.4.1. Origin and Nature of the John Prologue
4.4.2. The Prologue’s Cosmology: John 1:1–5
4.4.2.1. Ontology: the Divine Status of the Logos (John 1:1)
4.4.3. Soteriology
4.4.3.1. Soteriology in Strophe 2
4.4.3.1.1. The Logos in the World (John 1:10)
4.4.3.3. From Cosmology to Radical Historicization
4.4.3.4.2. The Advent of Sophia in Wisdom of Solomon
4.4.3.4.3. Can the Philonic Logos Come Unto His Own?
4.4.3.4.4. The Problem of the S²qn
4.3. Summary of Chapter Four
5.1. Corpus Hermeticum 1: “Poimandres”
5.1.1. Introduction
5.1.1.1. The Content of Corpus Hermeticum 1
5.1.2.1. Who is the First Principle in Poimandres?
5.1.2.2.1. The Will of God and Forethought
5.1.2.2.2. The Kºcor and the Creation of the Formal Universe
5.1.2.2.3. The Dgliouqcºr and the Creation of the Material Universe
5.1.2.2.4. j -mhqypor and Anthropogony
5.1.4.1. Summary of Poimandres’ Presentation of Intermediaries
5.1.4.2. di± soO! The Calling of Hermes
5.2. The Apocryphon of John
5.2.1. Introduction
5.2.1.1. Sethianism
5.2.1.2. The Apocryphon of John
5.2.2. The Content and Composition of Ap. John
5.2.2.1. Similar Themes, Dissimilar Results
5.2.3. Intermediate Reality and the Cosmology of Ap. John
5.2.3.1. The Unknowable Monad Knows Himself
5.2.3.2. From Transcendent Monad to Father of the All
5.2.3.3. The Ontology of Barbe¯lo¯
5.2.3.4. The Barbe¯lo¯ and (Celestial) Cosmogony
5.2.3.5. The Self Generated and the Origin of the All
5.2.4.1. Recasting the Anthropology of Genesis
5.2.4.2. Soteriological Anthropogony
5.2.4.3. Barbe¯lo¯ as Anagogue
5.3. Summary of Chapter Five
6.1. Thesis Statement
Secondary Sources
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Ancient Sources
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Creation and Salvation in tic Judaism and Early Christianity

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