The Vision of God in Philo of Alexandria

David Bradshaw

For Philo any obedience to the Law is a way of puting into action the contents of the divine mind, and so ultimately a kind of imitatio Dei… On the one hand, becoming like God through virtuous action is a means of preparing for the vision; on the other, the vision results in yet greater assimilation to God because of the overwhelming power and intensity of the divine presence.

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Originally published in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 72 (1998). Republished here with thanks to the author.