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Philo Of Alexandria, On The Preliminary Studies, 73


nanAnd here it is worth while to raise the question why it is that now again Moses calls the wife of Abraham Sarah, when he had already repeatedly told us what her name was before; for he was not a writer who ever indulged in that worst description of prolixity, tautology. What, then, are we to say? Since she is about to betroth to him the handmaiden of wisdom, encyclical instruction, he says that she did not forget the duty which she owed to her mistress, but knew that she was, both in law and in her master's feelings, his wife, and that she herself was only such because of necessity and the force of opportunity. And this happens to every man who is fond of learning. And he who has experienced it may be looked upon as the most trustworthy witness to this fact.


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1. Hebrew Bible, Genesis, a b c d\n0 "17.19" "17.19" "17 19" \n1 11.29 11.29 11 29 \n2 11.31 11.31 11 31 \n3 12.17 12.17 12 17 \n4 16 16 16 None\n5 16.1 16.1 16 1 \n6 16.2 16.2 16 2 \n7 16.3 16.3 16 3 \n8 16.4 16.4 16 4 \n9 21.5 21.5 21 5 \n10 9.20 9.20 9 20 (9th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

2. Philo of Alexandria, On Husbandry, 18 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

18. and I will destroy these things, and I will implant in those souls which are of a childlike age, young shoots, whose fruit shall nourish them. And those shoots are as follows: the practice of writing and reading with facility; an accurate study and investigation of the works of wise poets; geometry, and a careful study of rhetorical speeches, and the whole course of encyclical education. And in those souls which have arrived at the age of puberty or of manhood, I will implant things which are even better and more perfect, namely, the tree of prudence, the tree of courage, the tree of temperance, the tree of justice, the tree of every respective virtue.
3. Philo of Alexandria, On The Cherubim, 3-10 (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;
4. Philo of Alexandria, On The Preliminary Studies, 12, 121, 13-14, 140-142, 144, 15-18, 71-72, 74-88, 11 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

11. And as you must know that it is common for there to be great preludes to great propositions, and the greatest of all propositions is virtue, for it is conversant about the most important of all materials, namely, about the universal life of man; very naturally, therefore, that will not employ any short preface, but rather it will use as such, grammar, geometry, astronomy, rhetoric, music, and all the other sorts of contemplation which proceed in accordance with reason; of which Hagar, the handmaid of Sarah, is an emblem, as we will proceed to show.
5. Philo of Alexandria, On Drunkenness, 49, 80-81, 48 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

48. For he thinks that it behoves him to adhere to the classification arising from the consideration of time, according to which, that which is oldest is entitled to priority, and after that, that which is the younger is admitted to a participation in their joint rights. But the practiser in wisdom, knowing that natures are not subject to time, desires what is younger first, and what is older afterwards. And moral reason agrees with him in this matter, for it is necessary for those who practise anything, first of all to come to the more recent learning, in order that after that, they may be able to derive advantage from that which is more perfect.
6. Philo of Alexandria, On The Creation of The World, 70-71, 69 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

69. So then after all the other things, as has been said before, Moses says that man was made in the image and likeness of God. And he says well; for nothing that is born on the earth is more resembling God than man. And let no one think that he is able to judge of this likeness from the characters of the body: for neither is God a being with the form of a man, nor is the human body like the form of God; but the resemblance is spoken of with reference to the most important part of the soul, namely, the mind: for the mind which exists in each individual has been created after the likeness of that one mind which is in the universe as its primitive model, being in some sort the God of that body which carries it about and bears its image within it. In the same rank that the great Governor occupies in the universal world, that same as it seems does the mind of man occupy in man; for it is invisible, though it sees everything itself; and it has an essence which is undiscernible, though it can discern the essences of all other things, and making for itself by art and science all sorts of roads leading in divers directions, and all plain; it traverses land and sea, investigating everything which is contained in either element.
7. Philo of Alexandria, On Curses, 121 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

121. and the law is a witness to this which in the great hymn speaks thus--"He was fat, he was rich, he was exceeding broad, and he forsook God who had made him, and he forgot God his Saviour." For in truth those men whose lives have been exceedingly fortunate and are so at the time, do not remember the eternal God, but they think time their god;
8. Philo of Alexandria, On The Special Laws, 3.1 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

3.1. There was once a time when, devoting my leisure to philosophy and to the contemplation of the world and the things in it, I reaped the fruit of excellent, and desirable, and blessed intellectual feelings, being always living among the divine oracles and doctrines, on which I fed incessantly and insatiably, to my great delight, never entertaining any low or grovelling thoughts, nor ever wallowing in the pursuit of glory or wealth, or the delights of the body, but I appeared to be raised on high and borne aloft by a certain inspiration of the soul, and to dwell in the regions of the sun and moon, and to associate with the whole heaven, and the whole universal world.
9. Philo of Alexandria, Allegorical Interpretation, 1.65, 2.89-2.90, 3.39, 3.42-3.43, 3.83-3.84, 3.86-3.87, 3.217-3.219, 3.244-3.245 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

1.65. Let us examine the expressions of the writer: "A river," says he, "goes forth out of Eden, to water the Paradise." This river is generic goodness; and this issues forth out of the Eden of the wisdom of God, and that is the word of God. For it is according to the word of God, that generic virtue was created. And generic virtue waters the Paradise: that is to say, it waters the particular virtues. But it does not derive its beginnings from any principle of locality, but from a principle of preeminence. For each of the virtues is really and truly a ruler and a queen. And the expression, "is separated," is equivalent to "is marked off by fixed boundaries;" since wisdom appoints them settled limits with reference to what is to be done. Courage with respect to what is to be endured; temperance with reference to what is to be chosen; and justice in respect of what is to be distributed. XX.
10. Philo of Alexandria, That The Worse Attacks The Better, 66, 125 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

125. If, therefore, any one is worthy to listen to the account of the creative power of God he is of necessity joyful, and rejoices in company with those who have had a longing to hear the same. And in the account of the creative power of God you will find no cunningly devised fable, but only unalloyed laws of truth firmly established. Moreover, you will find no vocal measures or rhythm, no melodies alluring the hearing with musical art; but only most perfect works of virtue, which have all of them a peculiar harmony and fitness. And as the mind rejoices which is eager to hear of the works of God, so also does language, which is in harmony with the conceptions of the mind, and which in a manner is compelled to attend to them, feel exultation. XXXIV.
11. Philo of Alexandria, Plant., 126 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

126. And Moses very appropriately says that the fruit of education is not only holy but also praised; for every one of the virtues is a holy thing, but most especially is gratitude holy; but it is impossible to show gratitude to God in a genuine manner, by those means which people in general think the only ones, namely offerings and sacrifices; for the whole world could not be a temple worthy to be raised to his honour, except by means of praises and hymns, and those too must be such as are sung, not by loud voices, but by the invisible and pure mind, which shall raise the shout and song to him.


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abraham Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32; Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173; Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
abram/abraham, analogue to odysseus Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
abram/abraham, migration Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
abram/abraham Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 400
alan mendelson Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32
alexandria Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 400
allegorical commentary Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8, 570; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
allegory/allegoresis, homeric parallels Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
allegory/allegoresis, platonist parallels Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
allegory Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
apologetics Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32
aristotle Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
arithmology, seven Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 400
ascend, ascension, ascent Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
astronomy Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
biblical, narrative Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
brachylogy, dialectic Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
brevity Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
commentary Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
cycle, patriarchal, abrahamic Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
dance, dancing Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
diogenes laertius Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
ecstasis, ecstasy, ecstatic, ex stasis Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
education Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99; Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
encyclical culture Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
enkyklios paideia Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32
eratosthenes Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
fiction Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
flight Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
hagar Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32; Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8, 400, 570; Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173; Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
hermeneutics, jewish Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
homer Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
instruction Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
isaac Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 570; Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
jacob Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
justice Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
macrology Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
moderation Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
moses, as philosopher Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32
moses, his education Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32
moses Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8, 400; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173; Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
muses Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
mysteries, mystery, lesemysterium Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
myth Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
nature Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
nn. Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
odysseus Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
origen Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
passions Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
penelope Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
pentateuch Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
perfection Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
philo, education of Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
philo Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
philo of alexandria Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
philosopher, philosophical, philosophy Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
philosophy Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
piety Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
plato, platonic, platonism Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
plato Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
platonic tradition Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
platonism Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8, 400
plutarch Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
poetry Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
practical wisdom Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
preliminary studies Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 570; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
promises, divine Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 570
reader, deception of Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
reader, of philo Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
reasoning Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
rhetoric Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8, 570
sarah Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8, 400; Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99; Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173; Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
sarai Bloch, Ancient Jewish Diaspora: Essays on Hellenism (2022) 32
sextus empiricus Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
socratic, argument Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
soul Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99; Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
style, of moses Niehoff, Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011) 173
sun, moon Werline et al., Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry Into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity (2008) 90
teaching Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
technique, rhetorical Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8
verbosity Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266
virtue, cardinal' Geljon and Runia, Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (2013) 99
virtue, specific/generic Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 400
wisdom Cover, Philo of Alexandria: On the Change of Names (2023) 8, 400; Petersen and van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (2017) 266