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Philo Of Alexandria, On The Change Of Names, 121-122


nanThus much we have thought fit to say on this subject. But, moreover, Moses also changes the name of Hosea into that of Joshua; displaying by his new name the distinctive qualities of his character;


nanfor the name Hosea is interpreted, "what sort of a person is this?" but Joshua means "the salvation of the Lord," being the name of the most excellent possible character; for the habits are better with respect to those persons who are of such and such qualities from being influenced by them: as, for instance, music is better in a musician, physic in a physician, and each art of a distinctive quality in each artist, regarded both in its perpetuity, and in its power, and in its unerring perfection with regard to the objects of its speculation. For a habit is something everlasting, energising, and perfect; but a man of such and such a quality is mortal, the object of action, and imperfect. And what is imperishable is superior to what is mortal, the efficient cause is better than that which is the object of action; and what is perfect is preferable to what is imperfect.


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1. Hebrew Bible, Genesis, a b c d\n0 "17.15" "17.15" "17 15"\n1 1.1 1.1 1 1 \n2 1.10 1.10 1 10 \n3 1.11 1.11 1 11 \n4 1.12 1.12 1 12 \n5 1.13 1.13 1 13 \n6 1.14 1.14 1 14 \n7 1.15 1.15 1 15 \n8 1.16 1.16 1 16 \n9 1.17 1.17 1 17 \n10 1.18 1.18 1 18 \n11 1.19 1.19 1 19 \n12 1.2 1.2 1 2 \n13 1.20 1.20 1 20 \n14 1.21 1.21 1 21 \n15 1.22 1.22 1 22 \n16 1.23 1.23 1 23 \n17 1.24 1.24 1 24 \n18 1.25 1.25 1 25 \n19 1.26 1.26 1 26 \n20 1.27 1.27 1 27 \n21 1.28 1.28 1 28 \n22 1.29 1.29 1 29 \n23 1.3 1.3 1 3 \n24 1.30 1.30 1 30 \n25 1.31 1.31 1 31 \n26 1.4 1.4 1 4 \n27 1.5 1.5 1 5 \n28 1.6 1.6 1 6 \n29 1.7 1.7 1 7 \n30 1.8 1.8 1 8 \n31 1.9 1.9 1 9 \n32 2.1 2.1 2 1 \n33 2.10 2.10 2 10 \n34 2.11 2.11 2 11 \n35 2.12 2.12 2 12 \n36 2.13 2.13 2 13 \n37 2.14 2.14 2 14 \n38 2.15 2.15 2 15 \n39 2.16 2.16 2 16 \n40 2.17 2.17 2 17 \n41 2.2 2.2 2 2 \n42 2.3 2.3 2 3 \n43 2.4 2.4 2 4 \n44 2.5 2.5 2 5 \n45 2.6 2.6 2 6 \n46 2.7 2.7 2 7 \n47 2.8 2.8 2 8 \n48 2.9 2.9 2 9 (9th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

2. Philo of Alexandria, On The Cherubim, 12-13, 3-5, 56, 6-10 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

10. Why then do we wonder if God once for all banished Adam, that is to say, the mind out of the district of the virtues, after he had once contracted folly, that incurable disease, and if he never permitted him again to return, when he also drives out and banishes from wisdom and from the wise man every sophist, and the mother of sophists, the teaching that is of elementary instruction, while he calls the names of wisdom and of the wise man Abraham, and Sarah. IV. 10. He also considered this point, in the second place, that it is indispensable that the soul of the man who is about to receive sacred laws should be thoroughly cleansed and purified from all stains, however difficult to be washed out, which the promiscuous multitude of mixed men from all quarters has impregnated cities with;
3. Philo of Alexandria, On Flight And Finding, 91 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

91. For by the following means alone can that which is most excellent within us become adapted for and inclined to the service of him who is the most excellent of all existing beings. In the first place, if a man be resolved into soul, the body, which is akin to it as a brother, being separated and cut off from it, and also all its insatiable desires; and in the second place when the soul has, as I have already said, cast off the irrational part, which is the neighbour of the rational part; for this, like a torrent, being divided into five channels, excites the impetuosity of the passions through all the external senses, as so many aqueducts.
4. Philo of Alexandria, On Giants, 63-64, 62 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

62. Accordingly, Abraham, as long as he was abiding in the land of the Chaldaeans, that is to say, in opinion, before he received his new name, and while he was still called Abram, was a man born of heaven, investigating the sublime nature of things on high, and all that took place in these regions, and the causes of them, and studying everything of that kind in the true spirit of philosophy; on which account he received an appellation corresponding to the pursuits to which he devoted himself: for the name Abram, being interpreted, signifies the sublime father, and is a name very fitting for the paternal mind, which in every direction contemplates sublime and heavenly things: for the mind is the father of our composite being, reaching as high as the sky and even farther.
5. Philo of Alexandria, On The Migration of Abraham, 199-207, 198 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

6. Philo of Alexandria, On The Change of Names, 117-120, 122, 60-80, 116 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

7. Philo of Alexandria, Allegorical Interpretation, 3.131-3.132, 3.217-3.219, 3.244-3.245 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

8. Philo of Alexandria, Who Is The Heir, 72 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

9. Philo of Alexandria, That Every Good Person Is Free, 85-86, 84 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

84. Accordingly, the sacred volumes present an infinite number of instances of the disposition devoted to the love of God, and of a continued and uninterrupted purity throughout the whole of life, of a careful avoidance of oaths and of falsehood, and of a strict adherence to the principle of looking on the Deity as the cause of everything which is good and of nothing which is evil. They also furnish us with many proofs of a love of virtue, such as abstinence from all covetousness of money, from ambition, from indulgence in pleasures, temperance, endurance, and also moderation, simplicity, good temper, the absence of pride, obedience to the laws, steadiness, and everything of that kind; and, lastly, they bring forward as proofs of the love of mankind, goodwill, equality beyond all power of description, and fellowship, about which it is not unreasonable to say a few words.


Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
aaron, with moderated emotion Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
abram/abraham, change of name Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250, 269
allegorical commentary Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 9, 250, 428
allegorical interpretation Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
allegory/allegoresis, etymology in/vs. Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
allegory/allegoresis, present tense in Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
allegory/allegoresis Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
aristotle Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
claudius, roman emperor, expulsion of jews from rome by Feldman, Judaism and Hellenism Reconsidered (2006) 559
commentary Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 9
cycle, patriarchal, abrahamic Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 9
cycle, patriarchal, adamic Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 9
cycle, patriarchal, noahic Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 9
divine Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
emotions, good Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
emotions, lack of Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
emotions, moderation of Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
etymology, hebrew Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
friendship Wilson, Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (2010) 167
homer Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
hoshea Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
humanity Wilson, Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (2010) 167
jacob Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 9
joseph Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
joshua Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250; Wilson, Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (2010) 167
joy Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
kingship Wilson, Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (2010) 167
laughter Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
lemma, main/primary Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 9
light Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
moses Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223; Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
names, change of Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250, 269
names, improper (catachresis) Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
narrative Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
perfection Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
philo of alexandria Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
plato Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
platonism Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250, 428
rhetoric Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
sarah Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
soul Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250
source Brenk and Lanzillotta, Plutarch on Literature, Graeco-Roman Religion, Jews and Christians (2023) 223
stoicism Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250, 428; Wilson, Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (2010) 167
virtue' Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 428
virtue Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 250