Philo and Philosophy


“While the presence of philosophy and Philo’s writings is a given, its importance and role have been the subject of debate. The consensus today is that Philo was first and foremost an exegete of Moses’s writings; he was not a philosopher in the same way Philodemus was in the Epicurean tradition, or Eudorus was in the Platonic tradition, or Seneca and Epictetus were in the Stoic tradition. Philosophy did, however, matter to him. It is impossible to read his works without some understanding of his relationship to Hellenistic philosophical traditions.”

Want to read more about Philo and philosophy?;
go see
Greg. E. Sterling,
“The Jewish Philosophy”: Reading Moses via Hellenistic Philosophy according to Philo,”
in T. Seland, Reading Philo. A handbook to Philo of Alexandria (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2014): 129-154, here quoted from p. 130-131.