1/13/2020

The Ancient Hebrew Roots of the Christian Logos

"Though such pagan thought probably entered Judaism after the conquests of Alexander the Great, it is possible that the Hebrews developed their idea of a “divine manifestation”—what in Hebrew is called the “Memra”—independently of the Greeks and the Stoics. Given the interconnected of the ancient Mediterranean world, it is even possible that the ancient Hebraic thought had influenced the classical Greeks, but there is no proof of this. Regardless, Hebraic thought on this matter strongly resembled the pagan understanding and defined the Memra as “the Word,” “the Revealer of God,” “Wisdom,” and as “the Law that Upholds the World.”"