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The Conflict

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This chapter analyses the way in which the Laws of Moses played a role in the conflict and examines points of contact with Philo's Exposition of the Laws. In such an investigation it is important to remember the fact that the Jewish Laws did not only provide ideas and guidelines for a person's way of life. Philo has similarly applied Pentateuchal principles to historical events and persons already in his various expositions on the Laws. The dualism between the Jews and the Egyptians gives the interpretative category for understanding the conflict in Alexandria and the conflict with Gaius Caligula. Philo interprets the conflict in Palestine along the same lines. The Jews suffered cruelty (Flac. 59-66) as is also said in Praem. 171. The chapter concludes that it is sufficient for Philo just to indicate God's punishment of Gaius, without developing it into another treatise.

Keywords: Jewish Laws; Palestine; Pentateuchal principles; Philo



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