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Bibil Identifier bibil:226294
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Metaphors of Closeness: Reflections on Homoiôsis Theôi in Ancient Philosophy and Beyond
Author Jedan, Christoph
Journal Numen. International Review for the History of Religions (Volume: 60, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 54-70 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It is often assumed that a single, diachronically persistent motif of imitating god can be identified in Ancient philosophy and early Christianity. The present article takes issue with this assumption and seeks to establish the conceptual framework for a more sophisticated discussion of homoiôsis. The article identifies eight crucial junctures at which homoiôsis stories can diverge. For all the variance of homoiôsis narratives, the category of imitation of the divine remains a useful analytical tool. The article supports this claim by a comparison of Platonic and Stoic narratives of homoiôsis. It established their distinctness and shows how the rhetoric of imitating the divine offers important linguistic markers that allow us to trace the transgressive potential of (ancient) theologies.
DOI 10.1163/15685276-12341252
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Philosophy : Stoics
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Plato
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Arianism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : God
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