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Philo's exegetical commentaries differ at some points from the commentaries which have been found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Philo's employment of the form of question and answer in his exegesis has received the increasing attention of scholars. The form of question and answer is a common feature both to Philo and rabbinic exegesis. Philo and rabbinic writings even draw on the same tradition. The question of difference between singular and plural forms of words is also raised in connection with other Old Testament texts. In Philo's exegetical form of questions and answers formulas are being used, even though in a" flexible way. Philo may use more complex forms of question and answer when he discusses aporiae in the biblical texts. This chapter concludes that the form of questions and answers was frequently used also in Christian exegesis.

Keywords: Christian exegesis; Dead Sea Scrolls; Philo; rabbinic writings



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