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A–B. Philo On Seth, Philo On Enoch

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The main Philonic treatments are: (1) On the Posterity and Exile of Cain - deals at length with Seth in relation to Cain and Abel through an expressly nonliteral interpretation of Gen 4.25; and (2) Questions and Answers on Genesis - includes brief comments about Seth based on Gen 4.25 and 5.3. It is clear from Josephus that in the first century Jewish traditions existed that credited virtuous Seth and his virtuous, communally harmonious progeny with astronomical/astrological discoveries which were inscribed on two stelae for preservation through the impending destruction by the flood. This chapter addresses the question: how much did Philo (or Josephus) know about Jewish traditions that centered on the figure of ENOCH as an important revealer and righteous person.

Keywords: communally harmonious progeny; ENOCH; Jewish traditions; Philonic treatments; virtuous Seth



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