A Brief Guide to Philo by Kenneth Schenck

By Kenneth Schenck

This can be a compact advent to the paintings of Philo (c. 20 BCE-50 CE), the $64000 Jewish philosopher and scriptural interpreter. Kenneth Schenck offers a consultant for figuring out Philo's complicated works, a roadmap for themes and contents of Philo's writings, and an outline of up to date examine so scholars can simply locate their methods into Philo examine.

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The existing fragments o f the Hypothetica^oxAA thus belong to the first volume o f which On the Contemplative Life was the second. This suggestion is intriguing, although it is not entirely clear that the content o f the two treatises really fits together this well on closer examination. We shoidd mention one other wrinkle to the equation before leaving these two treatises. T h e manuscripts o f Philos writings typically mention On the Contemplative Life as the fourth volume in a series O n Virtues.

Of course, these two treatises clearly had different audiences in mind, which might also explain the diflFerence. 160-61. In 41 C E the Jews did rise up against those who had persecuted them in the pogrom of 38 CE, but the Romans quickly put an end to the violence. Thirty-six survive complete or nearly complete in Greek, nine in Armenian translation. The rest are in Greek and Armenian fragments. We do not know for certain that Philo ran an exegetical school in Alexandria. C f G. E. Sterling, "Philo," in Dictionary of New Testament Background, ed, C.

62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 27 tion similar to that we take below. See "Allegorical Interpretation and Jewish Identity among Alexandrian Jewish Writers," in Neotestamentica et Philonica: Studies in Honor of Peder Borgen, ed. D. E. Aune, T. Seland, and J. H. Ulrichsen (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003), 327 n. 48. E. R. Goodenough: "Philo s Exposition of the Law and His De Vita Mosis," HTR 26 (1933): 109-25; P Borgen: Exegete, 48. G. E. Sterling has even suggested that Moses might have served as a kind of introduction to all three commentary series ("Philo," 790).

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