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The Man Philo As A Product Of His Time

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Philo devotes his attention to liturgical texts, using lexicographic aids and midrashic commentaries that must have been at his disposal. Philo chose to devote himself exclusively to works directly related to Synagogue liturgy is not surprising, for these must have been the works that interested educated and religiously committed members of Alexandrian Jewish community who in author’s view were his potential audience. Nor does the fact that Philo’s rare references to other biblical books fail to reflect scriptural context from which the references are culled necessarily indicate anything significant in this respect. As is obvious to anyone reading Philo, this is his usual way of treating the biblical text; let it be pointed out in passing that it is also in line with the usual manner of traditional rabbinic midrash. There is, however, what author considers a more intriguing question: What has evoked Philo’s use of each specific non-pentateuchal quotation?

Keywords: Alexandrian Jewish community; biblical books; liturgical texts; midrashic commentaries; non-pentateuchal quotation; Philo; Synagogue liturgy



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