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The story of Philo Christianus's reception in the Christian tradition continues throughout the Later Roman, Byzantine and Medieval periods. The origins of Christianity can be located nowhere else than in the matrix of Second Temple Judaism, of which also Alexandrian Hellenistic Judaism formed a part. It is natural, therefore, that there are lines of resemblance between Philo's writings and the New Testament, which will later encourage the rapprochement that the Church fathers make between Philo and Christian thought. Philo is not explicitly named in Christian sources until the end of the 2nd century, when he is extensively used by Clement of Alexandria. Detailed studies of the transmission of the Philonic treatises may shed light on the extent to which the Christian reception of Philo has had influence on the constitution of the actual text. In various later Christian sources Philo is simply regarded as a bishop.

Keywords: Christian tradition; Church fathers; Clement; New Testament; Philo Christianus; second temple Judaism



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