Conclusion: The Demise of Greek Eros and Reproduction

Kathy L. Gaca

in The Making of Fornication

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520235991
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929463 | DOI:
Conclusion: The Demise of Greek Eros and Reproduction

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Paul, in his mission, issues a universal and Christ-centered version of the Septuagintal imperative against the fornicating mores of the Canaanites and rebellious Israelites. The religious sexual blueprint that he adapts from the Septuagint marks a divide between Jews and Christians and between Greeks and Christians. Though Philo and Clement agree with Plato that the uncontrolled sexual appetite is the single main source of all vices, they completely transform what they borrow from Plato's political philosophy about establishing sexual controls to shape the good society. Clement's polemic against Epiphanes's fornicating justice is grounded in the conviction that “the Law, the Prophets, and the Gospel” alone authorize permissible sexual conduct. Christians must not merely flee sexual fornication for fear of being besmirched by other gods.

Keywords: Paul; religious sexual blueprint; Septuagint; Philo; Clement; Plato; sexual appetite; political philosophy; sexual fornication

Chapter.  6278 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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