Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Alexandrian Interest in Yesharim Passages in the Old Testament

But it is clear to every one that piety, which teaches to worship and honour, is the highest and oldest cause; and the law itself exhibits justice, and teaches wisdom, by abstinence from sensible images, and by inviting to the Maker and Father of the universe. And from this sentiment, as from a fountain, all intelligence increases. “For the sacrifices of the wicked are abomination to the Lord; but the prayers of the upright (κατευθυνόντων) are acceptable before Him,” (Prov. 15. 8) since “righteousness is more acceptable before God than sacrifice.” [Clement of Alexandria, Stromata 2.18]

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