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21.4 Philo
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Part of 21 The Biblical Text as Attested in Ancient Literature

21.4.1 Introduction

Most of Philo of Alexandria’s extensive works are commentaries on the biblical text, and contain thousands of explicit citations from the Bible. Indeed, Philo’s citations are predominantly from the Pentateuch, which seems to have some special level of inspiration; see, for example, Mos. 2.290, which refers to the end of Deuteronomy as τὸ τέλος τῶν ἱερῶν γραμμάτων “the conclusion of the holy Scriptures.”1 As we shall see…

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Royse, James R., “21.4 Philo”, in: Textual History of the Bible, General Editor Armin Lange. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2452-4107_thb_COM_0021040000>
First published online: 2020

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