EARLY-CHRISTIAN TRANSFORMATION OF THE GREEK 'LOGOS' IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF JUSTIN MARTYR
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Justin Martyr has adopted and elaborated the term 'logos' primarily for the apologetic reasons. Although he himself was inclined more to Platonism, it was the philosophy of the Stoics which become the ground of his considerations. Divine 'Logos' fully manifested itself in Jesus Christ, although in the past it was also partially present in the various testimonies of God - not only in the Old Testament prophets, but also in the Greek philosophers. They participated on God's revelation since they were influenced by the rudiments of 'logos'. In Justin Martyr's opinion, this rudimental, spermatic logos (logos spermatikos) is present in every human being and therefore everyone could, to some extent, know Christ even before His incarnation. Justin Martyr's interpretation of 'logos' was meant to address the educated helenized readers and listeners. In his opinion, both the Jewish law and the Greek philosophy found their fulfillment in Jesus Christ as the revealed 'Logos'.
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