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Le Protreptique

Clément d'Alexandrie; Claude Mondésert (Introduction, translation and annotations)

Published by Editions du Cerf, Paris, 1961
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Octavo. 215, [1]pp. Uncut. Original printed wrappers with red lettering on front cover and spine. Printer's device on front cover. Fascinating work being the first in the great trilogy by Clement of Alexandria. The Protrepticus ("Exhortation to the Greeks"), forms an introduction inviting the reader to listen, not to the mythical legends of the gods, but to the "new song" of the Logos, the beginning of all things and creator of the world. He denounces what he claims to be the folly of idolatry and the pagan mysteries, the role of the erotic in pagan religion, the shamefulness of the pederastic practices of the Greeks, and the horrors of pagan sacrifice, and argues that the Greek philosophers and poets only guessed at the truth, while the prophets set forth a direct way to salvation; and now the divine Logos speaks in his own person, to awaken all that is good in the soul of man and to lead it to immortality. Minor age wear on wrappers with spine and edges of covers age-toned. Previous owner's name on free front endpaper. Minor age-toning along paper margin. Previous owner's inscription in margin of very last page. Text in French and Greek. Wrappers and interior in overall good to very good condition. About the author: Titus Flavius Clemens (c.150 - c. 215), known as Clement of Alexandria (to distinguish him from Clement of Rome), was a Christian theologian and the head of the noted Catechetical School of Alexandria. Clement is best remembered as the teacher of Origen. He united Greek philosophical traditions with Christian doctrine and valued gnosis that with communion for all people could be held by common Christians specially chosen by God.[citation needed] Though he constantly opposes the concept of gnosis as defined by the Gnostics, he used the term "gnostic" for Christians who had attained the deeper teaching of the Logos. He developed a Christian Platonism. He presented the goal of Christian life as deification, identified both as Platonism's assimilation into God and the biblical imitation of God. Like Origen, he arose from Alexandria's Catechetical School and was well versed in pagan literature. Origen succeeded Clement as head of the school. Alexandria had a major Christian community in early Christianity, noted for its scholarship and its high-quality copies of Scripture. Clement is counted as one of the early Church Fathers. Second edition completely revised and greatly expanded. Bookseller Inventory # 26287

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Title: Le Protreptique

Publisher: Editions du Cerf, Paris

Publication Date: 1961

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Good

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