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The heavenly order of the Jews and Pagan career

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In the homily of Mut. 253-263, Ex. 16, 4 served as a subordinate quotation, while in Leg. all. III 162-168 it is the text of the homily. The homily of Leg. all. III 162-168 does not only draw on the Greek educational traditions; it also reflects the actual situation at the time of Philo. At several places he describes the luxurious living surrounding the political rulers in Alexandria. Philo interpreted the word "law" in Ex. 16,4 on the basis of Stoic ideas and applied them to the actual situation of the Jews in Alexandria to guide their conduct. Leg. all. III 167 offers a concrete illustration of breaking the cosmic measures out of their equality, just as making the day into night and the light into darkness. Men go beyond these measures if they use their education just for the purpose of social and political success in the pagan environment.

Keywords: Alexandria; Greek educational traditions; Jews; pagan environment; Stoic ideas



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