I once posted this question to an electronic Greek forum with little response. If anyone has some input on this question, I'd love to hear it:
Speaking of Granville Sharp's Rule, I came across a passage in
Maximus of Tyre (Dissertatio 2.10) and I wonder whether it has any relevance to the issues involving the rule:
hO MEN GAR QEOS, hO TWN ONTWN PATHR KAI DHMIOURGOS, [hO] PRESBUTEROS MEN hHLIOU . . .
Of course, Maximus is extracting concepts from Timaeus
28C: TON MEN OUN POIHTHN KAI PATERA TOUS hEUREIN. . .
Plato seems to have one entity in mind, although Numenius of Apamea interprets Timaeus 28C as a reference to a transcendent Father along with a separate Demiurge. But it seems more likely that one entity is meant in the passage written by Maximus and the one composed by Plato. What do you think?