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Text And Figure In Ancient Jewish Paideia

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This chapter focuses on Philo's relationship to his context, which is both Greek and Jewish at once. This is part of a larger project to understand the relationships in early Judaism between authoritative figures such as Moses and Ezra and authoritative texts such as Jubilees or 4 Ezra. It argues that figure and text are intertwined in Philo's thought. Authoritative figures and texts are intertwined in Philo's conception of paideia, a reinterpretation that forms part of his strategy to authorize Judaism in light of Hellenistic culture, and to legitimize Jewish written law in light of unwritten law of nature. The chapter explores these themes of figures, Scriptures, and paideia in Philo's Jewish-Greek project. Which figures does Philo emphasize, and why? How are they related to Scripture and Law? And how does the interplay of figure and text, prevalent in ancient Jewish texts, structure Philo's conception of the goal of paideia?.

Keywords: 4 Ezra; ancient Jewish paideia; authoritative figures; authoritative texts; Jewish-Greek project; Jubilees; Judaism; Philo



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