Philo Judaeus

Philo Judaeus
(c. 20 BC– c. AD 50)
Hellenistic philosopher. Philo was a member of a prominent Jewish family of Alexandria, and inaugurated the Islamic, Jewish, and subsequent Christian traditions of reconciling scripture with the teaching of the classical Greek philosophers. In particular, he believed that the early books of the Old Testament, properly interpreted, were allegories which wrapped essential philosophical truths in their tales of gross human happenings. His guiding principle was that Moses was a great Middle Platonist philosopher.

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  • PHILO JUDAEUS — (Philo of Alexandria; c. 20 B.C.E.–50 C.E.), Jewish exegete and philosopher of outstanding importance for Jewish Hellenism and early Christianity. Little is known about the details of his personal life. It is clear, however, that he belonged to… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Philo Judaeus — [fī′lō jo͞o dē′əs] 20? B.C. A.D. 50?; Hellenistic Jewish philosopher of Alexandria …   English World dictionary

  • Philo Judaeus — /fuy loh jooh dee euhs/ c20 B.C. A.D. c50, Alexandrian Jewish theologian and philosopher. * * * or Philo of Alexandria born 10–15 BC, Alexandria died AD 45–50, Alexandria Greek speaking Jewish philosopher. A leader of the Jewish community of… …   Universalium

  • Philo Judaeus — biographical name circa 13 b.c. a.d. 45 to 50 Jewish philosopher of Alexandria …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Philo Judaeus — Philon d Alexandrie Pour les articles homonymes, voir Philon. Philon d Alexandrie Philon d’Alexandrie (vers 12 vers +54) est un philosophe juif hellénisé né …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Philo Judaeus — 1st century Jewish philosopher of Alexandria …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Philo Judaeus — Phi•lo Ju•dae•us [[t]ˈfaɪ loʊ dʒuˈdi əs[/t]] n. big c20 b.c. – a.d. c50, Alexandrian Jewish theologian and philosopher …   From formal English to slang

  • Philo Judaeus — /ˌfaɪloʊ dʒuˈdeɪəs/ (say .fuyloh jooh dayuhs) noun c.20 BC–c. AD 50, Jewish philosopher, influenced by Greek philosophy …   Australian English dictionary

  • Philo Judaeus — /fuy loh jooh dee euhs/ c20 B.C. A.D. c50, Alexandrian Jewish theologian and philosopher …   Useful english dictionary

  • Philo — (20 BC 50 AD), known also as Philo of Alexandria (gr. Φίλων ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς), Philo Judaeus, Philo Judaeus of Alexandria, Yedidia and Philo the Jew, was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher born in Alexandria, Egypt. Philo used allegory to fuse and… …   Wikipedia

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