Philo of Alexandria by Jean Daniélou, James G. Colbert

By Jean Daniélou, James G. Colbert

Philo of Alexandria used to be many years older than Jesus of Nazareth and lived longer. He belonged to a filthy rich and cultured relations, well known within the Jewish neighborhood in Alexandria. Philo had contacts with the top point of Roman gurus. He used to be on a dicy diplomatic undertaking to Caligula on behalf of the persecuted Jews of Alexandria in the course of what became out to be Caligula’s final days. Herod Agrippa used to be a pal in Rome in the course of Philo’s hour of maximum desire. Philo is a sympathetic resource on what sounds greatly like a latest Jewish monastic flow. he's additionally one of many creators of the allegorical interpretation of Scripture. a few of his exegesis is akin to Pythagorean numerology. it's been argued that Philo, who was once good trained in Greek proposal, was once the founding father of medieval philosophy. St. John turns out to evolve Philo’s options in regards to the emblems, the observe, within the prologue to his Gospel. There also are shut ties among Philo’s considering and the Letter to the Hebrews. Jean Daniélou, a paradigm of scholarship and readability, makes Philo communicate to us in his personal voice. somebody drawn to patristics, exegesis, or just Christian beginnings will profit via interpreting Daniélou’s remedy of Philo.

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This proposal was a clever way of courting him. For Flaccus it was an opportunity to put himself on good terms with Caligula. So he approved the proposal. But it could only be odious to the Jews. ” It struck the Jews at their most sensitive point, hatred of idolatry. Their refusal brought closure of the synagogues. 23. Philo IX, 321.  Ibid. Life of Philo At that point, Flaccus intervened with an edict in which he declared the Jews foreigners. He was taking a firm position (In Flaccum, 8, 53). This edict has provoked heated controversies.

Convoked by the Consuls, the Senate proclaimed the reestablishment of the Republic. The army hailed Caligula’s uncle Claudius as emperor. In these circumstances, Agrippa would play a decisive role. It is he who discovered the Emperor’s body. To win time he placed it on a bed and declared that the Emperor was still breathing. Then he sought out Claudius and offered his services. He went to the Senate and declared his republican sympathies but asked that Claudius be given their adherence. Sensing that the Senate hesitated, he returned to Claudius and convinced him to proclaim himself Emperor.

Chapter 2 Philo and His Time P hilo’s biography has shown him at the crossroad of Judaism, Hellenism, and Roman civilization. We now pose the question of discovering what he knew in these three areas. We begin by seeing how many tendencies collide in the Jewish world, whether Palestinian or Hellenistic. This late Judaism is simultaneously a period of messianic Zealots and cosmopolitan Herodians, of Pharisaic legalism and Essene pietism. We witness an apocalyptic strain flourish there at the same time as the Gnostic interpretation of Genesis.

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