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Reviewing and Rewriting Biblical Material

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Philo has taken the form and content of blessings and curses from the Bible. He also draws on biblical material as to content. In Jewish and early Christian literature there were numerous reviews of biblical history. Such reviews vary in content and length and each is adapted to its own context and interpretative function. Reviews of material from the Old Testament may also have the form of continuous rewriting, as a written Bible. Philo has sections in which he rewrites biblical events and laws together. This chapter shows that in the rewriting of parts of the Pentateuch Philo utilizes both shorter reviews and surveys and bodies of comprehensive rewriting of Mosaic history and Mosaic laws. In his systematic work Philo can draw on traditional Jewish notions, such as blessings and curses and the view that the Decalogue is a summary of the other laws.

Keywords: biblical material; Decalogue; Old Testament; Pentateuch



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