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Jewish worship and universal identity in Philo of Alexandria

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the history of scholarship on the topics of Philo's identity and his views on universalism before moving to the main issue: the subject of worship and its contribution to the question of Philo's Jewish identity and his ideas on the universal relevance of Judaism. The first part consists of a brief introduction on aspects of worship in Philo and on the social relevance of the rites. The main part presents Philo's views on two fundamental Jewish institutions: the synagogue and the Temple. The question of the relationship between Philo's Greek and Jewish heritage is almost as old as modern scholarship on Philo. Only marginally younger is that of how representative Philo is of Judaism in general or of Alexandrian Judaism.

Keywords: Alexandrian Judaism; Philo's Jewish identity



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