Tag Archives: Philo

Vienna, Venio

The International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature is in Vienna this year. I couldn’t pass up the chance to combine a visit to this world-class city with participation in a world-class biblical studies conference, so I’m excited to … Continue reading

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Is Every Day a Festival? (Phun with Philo)

In his work on the Special Laws of the Torah (De specialibus legibus), Philo enumerates 10 festivals he finds described in the Law. The first, he says, might surprise the reader: “This festival is every day” (2.41). He goes on … Continue reading

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Priests and Israel as Superhuman

In my research on the reception of the Jewish festivals, I focus on the idea that the festivals are moments when humans can participate in the divine or heavenly life/world. A well-known example: Philo depicts the High Priest on Yom Kippur … Continue reading

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Was there Natural Evil in Eden? (Phun with Philo)

In Questions on Genesis 1.14 Philo addresses the question of why the garden Paradise was in need of a man to cultivate it and guard it (Gen 2:15, ἐργάζεσθαι αὐτὸν καὶ φυλάσσειν) since it was, after all, planted by God … Continue reading

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Philo’s no Feminist (or, Φιλων Μισογυνης)

Since my research currently has me reading through the Philonic corpus, I thought it would be fun to blog some of the more interesting tidbits I run across. We can call this series, which I hope will be a regular … Continue reading

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Philo’s Rejection of Six-Day Creationism

The Controversy Creation, evolution and the interpretation of Genesis 1-3 are perennial hot-button issues in the American cultural and theological scene. Among evangelicals, the debate over the genre of Genesis 1-3 has recently reached a fever pitch. Some argue that … Continue reading

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Resources on Philo of Alexandria

I hope to have semi-regular posts on Philo of Alexandria and some of his more notable readings of Scripture. I enjoy reading through Philo in my spare time (in translation, of course—reading Philo in Greek is not “pleasure reading” for … Continue reading

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καλαμοσφάκτης (Greek Word of the Week)

ὁ καλαμοσφάκτης n. A compound of κάλαμος, a reed or writing instrument, and σφάκτης, a murderer. Thus: one who kills with a pen. Philo’s In Flaccum contains the only extant usage, about a corrupt Alexandrian official: ὃν πολλάκις ὁ δῆμος ἅπας … Continue reading

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