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This chapter gathers the primary source material on the early synagogues up through the Second Century C.E. Each entry contains bibliographic citations and interpretative comments. The book "On the Decalogue" (De decalogo) belongs to Philo's more systematic commentary series on the law of Moses, sometimes called "The Exposition of the Law". In this treatise he deals with the law-giving on Sinai and the Ten Commandments. The book "On Rewards and Punishments" (De praemiis et poenis) explores cases of individuals, households or larger groups who have been rewarded for obedience or punished for disobedience. When Philo addresses rewards to households, he mentions the families of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Of these, only Jacob's household was rewarded: the twelve tribes eventually expanded into a great nation.

Keywords: Abraham; early synagogues; Isaac; Jacob; Moses; Philo

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