Moses and the Thaumaturges : Philo’s De Vita Mosis as a Rescue Operation

  title={Moses and the Thaumaturges : Philo’s De Vita Mosis as a Rescue Operation},
  author={Harold E. Remus},
  journal={Laval Theologique Et Philosophique},
  • Harold E. Remus
  • Published 1996
  • Philosophy
  • Laval Theologique Et Philosophique
  • Dans le De Vita Mosis de Philon, le portrait de Balaam fait contraste avec celui de Moise. Ce dernier est presente comme le vrai prophete, qui est en meme temps pretre, thaumaturge et mystagogue. L'ouvrage entend donc prevenir toute fausse conception qui reduirait Moise au statut de simple magicien. Le grand prophete doit etre soigneusement distingue des thaumaturges et magiciens semblables a Balaam, qui pullulent en Egypte au temps de Philon 
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