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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 35. Was Philo of Alexandria the Earliest Biblical Commentator?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44888


A contemporary of Saul of Tarsus, Philo of Alexandria was as versed in Greek philosophy as Saul/Paul. Philo’s literary output was first transmitted by Christians, particularly his multiple-meaning exegesis, though it reflects a genuine Jewish tradition of biblical interpretation.

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