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Prov. 8:2223 In Philo And In Genesis Rabbah

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Scholarship has long identified similarities between the descriptions of God's creation of the world in the beginning of Philo's I Opif. and that of the human architect in the opening passage of Genesis Rabbah. The similarity between Philo's I Opif.. 17ff and the midrash at the beginning of Genesis Rabbah is evident. At the same time, there is no mention, or even clear allusion, in the midrash to the Platonic ideas as a stage in God's creation of the world, nor does Philo cite Prov. 8: 22-23 in I Opif. The transfer of the Hellenistic midrash to the Hebrew/Aramaic sphere could easily have occurred since Hakhamim who visited the Diaspora almost certainly brought back to Judea interesting derashot that they had heard in the Synagogues and Batei Midrash.

Keywords: Genesis Rabbah; Judea; Philo



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