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The New Testament Background: Selected Documents
C. K. Barrett, editor

1 "The whole universe is governed excellently well, like a city-state in which Law reigns supreme." Zeno, Fragment 98:10

2 “Nothing is of higher worth than to do good.” Chrysippus, Fragment 1192

3 "Thus have you fitted together all things in one...that thy word should be one in all things, abiding forever." Cleanthes, Fragment 537:15b

4 "Destiny is the concatenated causality of things, or the scheme according to which the kosmos is directed." Zeno, Fragments 175, 176

5 “Great is God that he has given us hands, and power to swallow, and a belly, and the power to grow without knowing it, and to draw our breath in sleep. At every moment we ought to sing these praises and above all the greatest and divinest praise, that God gave us the faculty to comprehend these gifts and to use the way of reason.” Epictetus, Discourses I, xvi

6 "And it shall come to pass at that time that the treasuries will be opened... and they shall come forth, and a multitude of souls shall be seen together in one assemblage of one thought, and the first shall rejoice and the last shall not be grieved. For they know that the time is come of which it is said, that it is the consummation of the times." Apocalypse of Baruch, 1.65

7 "God has left nothing empty or destitute of himself, but has completely filled all things." Philo (c. 20 bc – 45 ad), Alexandrian philosopher

8 "It is wise to listen not to me but to the word, and to confess that all things are one." Heraclitus, Fragment 50

9 "There is a supreme Ruler of all things, God, ever One." Philolaus, 5th century Pythagorean philosopher

10 “The Nature of the Universe ought to be apprehended by the Reason, which is akin to it.” Posidonius, ‘apud Sextus Empiricus, adv. Math’. vii. 93

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