Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, by Harry Austryn Wolfson

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25, 162-165. «» Cf. above, p. 14. 1 1 Cf. W. S. Ferguson, in Cambridge Ancient History, VII, p. 17. Mos. II, 38, 205. «° Ibid. ; Decal. 14, 66; Spec. I, 4, 21. " Decal. 14, 66; cf. Mos. II, 38, 205; Spec. I, 4, 2 1 ; Cont. 1, 7. The expression "fashioned by the skill of painters and sculptors" in Mos. II, 38,205, as well as the expression "fashioned by the craftsmanship of sculpture and painting" in Decal. 14,66, does not mean that Philo believed that the painting of images was prohibited by the Mosaic law.

1, 6; cf. Congr. 4, 15; Probus 16, 105. " Cont. 1, 6; Probus 16, 105. Legat. 1 1 , 78. HELLENISTIC JUDAISM AND PHILO 29 14 have seen, he mentions also among the gods without dis­ tinguishing them as demigods. Besides heroes, he denounces also the deification of kings, with especial reference to the claim of Caligula, considering such a claim as being only a ridiculous imitation of ancient Greek deification of heroes and suggesting that this deification of kings, with particular reference to the case of Caligula, found no recognition among people, whether Greeks or barbarians, except among the native Egyptians of Alexandria, who were susceptible to it by reason of their belief in animal worship.

Ezek. 28: 5. "« Jer. 50:35. "» Ezek. 27:9. "«» Sirach 1:4. xxo 22 PHILO commandments, and the Lord will give her freely unto thee . " and he that taketh hold of the Law findeth her . . " " But it is only the wisdom of Israel which is the Law that was di­ vinely revealed, for God who created wisdom and revealed her to men said unto her: "Let thy dwelling-place be in Jacob, and in Israel take up thy inheritance • . " This conception of the divine origin of the Law can also be pieced together from the various philosophic writings of Hel­ lenistic Judaism prior to Philo.

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