Philo Judaeus, miniature, 9th cent. Greek codex
PHILO (c.20 BC-C.50 AD), Jewish philosopher and biblical interpreter. A member of a prosperous priestly family in Alexandria, Philo was the foremost figure among the Hellenistic Jews of his age and a prolific author. He was eclectic in religious outlook; he reproduced a variety of doctrines without welding them into a harmonious whole.
HIS most influential achievement was his development of
the allegorical interpretation of Scripture which enabled him to interpret the
Jewish Scriptures in the light of Greek philosophy. Of particular interest for
Christian theology is the central place which he accorded in his system to the
Logos, who was at once the creative power that orders the world and the
intermediary through whom we know God.
(Adapted from E.A. Livingstone, Concise Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford, 2000, p. 449-450)
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