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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 advanced works, a roadmap for issues and contents of Philo's writings, and an outline of up to date study so scholars can simply locate their methods into Philo learn.

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J. Brill, 2001); R van der Horst, Philo's Flaccus: The First Pogrom (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003). Scrolls had certain length limitations that required projects such as Philos commentary series to use multiple scrolls. We are thus left with the task of deciding which of Philo's treatises belonged together and in what order. For a general treatment of the subject, see J. R. Royse, "Philos Division of His Works into Books," Philos Life and Writings 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41.

H e did see great significance in the symbolic meaning o f these laws, which all had specific allegorical truths behind them. g.. Spec. 100). , Contempl. 4 8 - 6 3 ) . We can be certain that he saw the discipline o f keeping the Jewish food laws as a demonstration o f Jewish superiority: such laws involved the subjugation o f the passions. But when the emperor Caligula asked Philo why Jews did not eat pork, Philo did not offer some practical benefit to the practice. H e merely noted that every race has its own customs {Legat.

Philos pride in the temple related much more to his Jewish heritage than to any sense o f its ultimate necessity. 67, where the existence of one temple symbolizes the fact that there is only one G o d . Philo also claims in this passage that the truest temple o f G o d is the whole universe {Spec. 66), that is, not the earthly sanctuary. T h u s the earthly, "handmade" temple primarily served a symboUc purpose for Philo. It was for those who wished to use sacrifices to give thanks to G o d or to ask for forgiveness for sins {Spec.

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