Friday, January 31, 2014

PHILO JUDAEUS MOB-RULE VERSES ONE GOD RULE

GREEK TEXT: “...δεύτερον δ’ ὅτι θεὸς εἷς ἐστι, διὰ τοὺς εἰσηγητὰς τῆς πολυθέου δόξης, οἳ οὐκ ἐρυθριῶσι τὴν φαυλοτάτην τῶν κακοπολιτειῶν ὀχλοκρατίαν ἀπὸ γῆς εἰς οὐρανὸν μετοικίζοντες...” - (Chapter 61, Section 171(A), “Περι της κατα Μωυσεα κοσμοποιιας,” or “De Opificio Mundi,” “Concerning the Creation of the World,” Philo Judaeus, Edition L. Cohn, post R. Khazarzar, Philonis Alexandrini opera quae supersunt, vol. 1. Berlin: Reimer, 1896, Pages 1–60, Reprinted by De Gruyter, 1962.)

PHILO JUDAEUS (circa. 20 B.C.E-50 C.E.): “...But secondly, for the reason that, God, He is One!{1} This was with a veiw to those authors who propose to bring in THE POLYTHEISTIC OPINION. These ones do not even blush at transplanting the lowest{2} and worst{3} forms of [mans] government, MOB-RULE,{4} from earth to heaven...” - (Chapter 61, Section 171(A), “De Opificio Mundi,” “Concerning the Creation of the World,” Translated by Matt13weedhacker 1/2/2014)
[FOOTNOTE 1]: Quotation from the Shema LXX Deuteronomy 6:4.
[FOOTNOTE 2]: Or Gk., ( τὴν φαυλοτάτην ) alternatively: “cheapest” “commonest”
[FOOTNOTE 3]: Or Gk., ( τῶν κακοπολιτειῶν ) alternatively: “ugly” “bad” “base”
[FOOTNOTE 4]: Gk., ( ὀχλοκρατίαν )