PHILO JUDAEUS (circa. 20 B.C.E to 50 C.E.): “...I am at my fifth article about the honour due to parents. As I demonstrated in a commentary especially devoted to the subject, we are here at the very border between human and divine things. [225.] Indeed, parents are ( midway between ) human and ( divine nature and participate in both ): in human anture, obviously because they are born and have to die ; ( in divine nature ) because they have ( pro-created and brought non-being into being ). Parents are to their children, I think, what God is to the world ; as God gave existence to non-existence, they too, imitating divine power as far as is humanly possible, bring immortality to our species...” - (Book II, Chapters 224-225, “De Specialibus Legibus,” or “On Special Laws,” Translated by Suzanne Daniel, Paris: Cerf, 1975.)
[FOOTNOTE]: Cross referrence also Decal. Chapter 107, and Spec. Bk II, Chapter 228.