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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Philo Judaeus Also Philo of Alexandria. 30? B.C.-A.D. 45? Alexandrian Jewish philosopher known for his pioneering attempt to interpret the Hebrew Scriptures in the terms of Neo-Platonist philosophy.


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  • This problem, which has vexed Jewish philosophers since Philo Judaeus, had recently received elaborate treatment by Maimonides.


  • Mysti - cal interpretations of the number four go back at least to the Neo-Pythagoreans, and Philo Judaeus, imitated by Ambrose and Augustine, had long ago identified the

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  • Origen is influenced by Philo Judaeus, through the intermediary Clement of Alexandria, and this Alex - andrian tradition, which would show parallels in the development of Hellenistic allegory, suggests that major allegory requires a belief in miracles and epiphe - nomena, at least on a verbal level.

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  • Thus Philo Judaeus may equate the hy - ponoia of a text with its latent theme, its mystery, its secret, its unexpressed, unseen, nonliteral, or simply intelligible meaning.

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  • So Philo Judaeus (first century A.D.) had spoken of Plato as “Moses speaking Greek.”


  • A prominent example is Philo Judaeus 'use of Aenesidemus' ten tropes in his De ebrietate, 171-205.


  • Though the Bible from Philo Judaeus and Augustine on needs exegetical glossing, it remains the Word of God, the Old linked to the New through prefigurative typology.


  • These details, which are neither in Plato nor in Aris - totle, were foreshadowed in the works of Philo Judaeus


  • [47] Philo Judaeus says, that "Moses had been initiated by the Egyptians into the philosophy of symbols and hieroglyphics, as well as into the ritual of the holy animals."

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • Speaking of the doctrine that was communicated to the initiates, Philo Judaeus says that "it is an incorruptible treasure, not like gold or silver, but more precious than everything beside; for it is the knowledge of the Great Cause, and of nature, and of that which is born of both."

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry


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