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This chapter investigates the reception of Philo Christianus's writings and Philonic thought in early Christian literature. Recent scholarly analysis has confirmed that Philo stands in a long line of Alexandrian exegetes of scripture, many of whose views he records in his works. Outside Alexandria too there must have been a considerable body of Jewish writing in the Greek language, and at least some of these works will have borne thematic resemblances to the doctrines we find in Philo. The chapter outlines the main themes in Philo's writings that Christian writers are interested in. The most informative way of dividing up Philo's writings is: the exegetical writings, the philosophical treatises and the historical-apologetic treatises. Philo's thought is primarily concerned with the exegesis of scripture, and that his scriptural interpretation is far from uniform, involving various levels and differing perspectives.

Keywords: Alexandrian exegetes; Christian literature; historical-apologetic treatises; Philo Christianus; philosophical treatises

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