Philo Judaeus of Alexandria: Jews in the Greek World

Depiction of Philo Judaeus in the Schedelsche Weltchronik (1493).
Depiction of Philo Judaeus in the Schedelsche Weltchronik (1493).

Virtually ignored by Jewish philosophers, Philo of Alexandria represented the high point of synthesis between Greek and Jewish thought in the ancient world, and had a huge influence on early Christian thinkers. A prominent representative of the Egyptian Jewish community to the Roman Emperor, and well-respected in his day by his coreligionists, he nevertheless had little impact on the development of Jewish thought. Why was Philo removed from the currents of the Jewish intellectual tradition, yet so well-regarded in other faiths? This lecture was delivered on Wednesday, October 9 at 8:30 pm at the Young Israel of Bal Harbour.

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  1. Bob Epstein says:

    Now I understand why Philo was ignored in my Jewish studies. Wasn’t Alexander the student of Aristotle?

    1. Glad you found the lecture useful! Philip of Macedon hired Aristotle to be the tutor to his son Alexander (the Great).

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