Drawing on Photios' synopsis of the 8 mistakes contained in Clement of Alexandria's misplaced paintings 'Hypotyposeis', this e-book bargains a second look of second-century theology . The publication stresses the significance knowing Clement's paintings in its unique
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The Alexandrian, late Hellenistic academic milieu produced a number of scholars and documents which used more and more sophisticated techniques of allegorical interpretation in order to ‘open’ the text to the reader. This method was adopted by Philo of Alexandria, Clement of Alexandria, Origen and by Neoplatonic philosophers such as Porphyry of Tyre. 39 Louth’s balanced view highlights the danger of reducing the conflict between Clement of Alexandria and Photios to yet another confrontation between the Alexandrian and Antiochene schools.
T. Runia, “Was Philo a Middle Platonist? A Difficult Question Revisited”, Studia Philonica Annual 5 (1993); 112–40; D. H. Tobin, “Was Philo a Middle Platonist? Some Suggestions”, Studia Philonica Annual 5 (1993): 147–50; J. Dillon, “A Response to Runia and Sterling”, Studia Philonica Annual 5 (1993): 151–5. 11 Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On the Creation of the Cosmos, 112–13. 12 Philo, Opif. 7, 171. 13 Ibid. 7. This epithet highlights God’s nature as always active source/creator of the universe.
Photios’ assessment of the Hypotyposeis, unlike Clement’s other works, was highly critical and negative. He stressed a number of exegetical and theological errors that he perceived in the work, stating that only some Scriptural passages seemed to be commented on in “a correct way” (ὀρθῶς δοκεῖ λέγειν), while others were given “blasphemous and mythological interpretations” (εἰς ἀσεβεῖς καὶ μυθώδεις λόγους ἐκφέρεται). 53 ‘Blasphemy’ was one of Photios’ favourite words in relation to Clement’s views.
Clement of Alexandria on Trial (Vigiliae Christianae,) by Ashwin-Siejkowski