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Text And Figure In Ancient Jewish Paideia

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This chapter focuses on Philos 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 Moses and Ezra and authoritative texts such as Jubilees or 4 Ezra. The chapter argues that figure and text are intertwined in Philos thought. Indeed, the authority of Scripture, as Philo understands it, depends on its relationship to these exemplary figures. At the same time, authoritative figures and texts are intertwined in Philos conception of paideia, a reinterpretation that forms part of his strategy to authorize Judaism in the light of Hellenistic culture, and to legitimize Jewish written law in the light of the unwritten law of nature. The chapter explores these themes of figures, Scriptures, and paideia in Philos Jewish-Greek project.

Keywords: authoritative figures; authoritative text; Jewish Paideia; Judaism; Philo



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