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The Allegorical Circle Of Moses

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The study of Philo's citations from the non-pentateuchal portions of Scripture has led the author to conclude that Philo's allegorical and other exegeses do indeed reflect familiarity with exegetical traditions whose watermark is a combination of Hellenistic philosophical frames of reference and allegorical midrash. Author's most tantalizing finding is discovery of what the author terms the 'Allegorical Circle of Moses', or 'Confraternity of Moses'. This was apparently a group of scholars, teachers and disciples who engaged in esoteric philosophical allegorization of Pentateuch, with a special branch devoted to Scripture as a whole. This chapter shows that Philo explicitly refers to such a 'circle', 'confraternity', or 'fellowship' as the source for his citations from non-pentateuchal scripture.

Keywords: allegorical circle of Moses; allegorical midrash; confraternity of Moses; exegetical traditions; non-pentateuchal citations; Philo



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