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Philo’s who is the heir?

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Philo specifies the soul's liberty in Heir 68-9; the soul is challenged to leave the prison of the body, the senses and speech. This chapter summarizes Philo's understanding of the heavenly ascent of the soul. Philo primarily follows the Platonic dualistic theory of man whereby the whole universe is filled with souls. Some, called angels or daemons, are stationed at a higher level and mediate God's dealings with the world and others stand nearer the earth and are attracted by sensuality to descend into mortal bodies. Philo sought to accommodate his thought to the fact that many elite Jewish youths would be enrolled in Greek institutions. If Jewish youth were driven to acquire the culture of the day, they could do so within a Jewish context. Philo sought to provide that context with knowledge which originated in secular education.

Keywords:God; Greek institutions; Jewish context; Philo; soul



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