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Strom. 13. 8), and Jerome claims that Cassianus used Gal 6:8 to support his asceticism (see Hilgenfeld, Ketzergeschichte, 546 -49). Strom. 86 - 90. 91 with the words T O I O V T O W « m x « p « Kal 6 . . 'IovXios Kamnavos. See also Edward Schwartz, Tatiani Oratio ad Graecos (TU 4, 1; Leipzig: Hinrichs, 1888) 49 for dividing 80-86a, on Tatian, from 86b. Franco Bolgiani, "La polemica di Clemente Alessandrino contro gli libertini nel III libro degli 'Stromati,'" in Studi in onore di Alberto Pincherle (Studi e materiali de storia delle religioni 38, 1; Rome: Ateneo, 1967) 93 - 94.

115; Freeman, p. 65). 121; Freeman, p. 65). 148). At his birth he "wept and wailed when he saw the foreign land" (B. 118; Freeman, p. 65). His mission in his present incarnation (he already had been a boy, a girl, a plant, a bird, and a fish; B. 117) was to communicate to mortals the true nature of things: "Alas, oh wretched race of mortals, direly unblessed! 124; Freeman, p. 66). There is, however, hope for the soul that submits to purifications (hence the title of the poem, Purifications). "Souls are divine, and also divine are those who keep 26 Form and Meaning The best example of this religious anthropology among Jews comes from the interpretations on Genesis written by Philo of Alex­ andria, a Jewish middle platonic philosopher.

13 14 5) The traditional features of the saying include: a) the reference to baptism as an indication of the Sitz im Leben, b) the garment imagery in line " c , " which refers to the exchange of garments in baptism; c) the second person plural ( " y o u " ) , inasmuch as the preced­ ing context is in the third plural; d) the pairs of opposites in lines " d , " " e , " and "f," especially the last pair; (When Paul speaks of men and women elsewhere he uses "male/female" [apaev/8ri\v] only in R o m 1:27 when sexual activity is explicitly meant.

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