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By Kenneth Schenck

This can be a compact creation to the paintings of Philo (c. 20 BCE-50 CE), the real Jewish philosopher and scriptural interpreter. Kenneth Schenck presents a consultant for knowing Philo's complicated works, a roadmap for subject matters and contents of Philo's writings, and an outline of up to date examine so scholars can simply locate their methods into Philo learn.

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69-70). H e also mentions the collections o f money from the Diaspora that were regularly taken by envoys to Jerusalem: It has been arranged that each man every year should bring first fruits, beginning from the twentieth year.... At designated times sacred envoys of the moneys take it by hand, individuals selected as virtuous, the most proven from every city. These will securely bring along with them the hopes of everyone. {Spec. ^^ In Embassy, Philo claims that Jews would rather die than see their temple desecrated.

T h e two-volume work is largely written to the "outsider" with little background knowledge o f Moses—the same approach as is used in the other biographies in the Exposition. We understand the sentiment that the Exposition would have "an unaccountable gap between the life o f Joseph and the Decalogue" if the treatises o f Moses did not belong there. O n the other hand, Philo's summary in Rewards does not clearly allude to MoseSy nor does it give us the sense internally that it belongs to a larger series.

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). Although the surviving manuscripts suggest that these writings were part of a four-volume series On Virtues.

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