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Philo's Treatment Of The Number Seven In On Creation

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It is tempting to say that the author of On Creation was inebriated with thoughts of numbers in various connections and relationships. Karl Staehle was searching for the presumed common source of arithmological traditions that surface in the first few centuries of the common era, especially in the works of Theon of Smyrna and Anatolios of Alexandria and Caesarea, in addition to Philo. Staehle relies heavily on the work of Frank Egleston Robbins in attempting to unravel the question of Philo's source(s) for his arithmology. Horst Moehring is interested in Philo's exegetical techniques and looks at the entire Philonic corpus with an eye to the function of arguments associated with the number seven. Moehring agrees with Staehle on the probability of a neo-Pythagorean source used by Philo, especially in Op and LA, and explores the lengthy section on the number seven in Op in greater detail.

Keywords: Horst Moehring; Karl Staehle; On Creation; Philo



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