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On Humanity, Chapter 18

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For Philo, one of the principal aims of the Mosaic sacrificial system is to abet the training of Jews in humanity and fellowship, curbing injustice and viciousness. The acquisition of humanity and gentleness owes something to nature and something to practice. Like Philo, Josephus counters in part by arguing that Moses taught his followers humanity through his laws regarding the fair treatment of animals. Indeed, the theme of philanthrōpia figures prominently in how Josephus organizes his apologetically-oriented presentation of the law in Contra Apionem.

Keywords:humanity; Jews; Philo; pregnant animals

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