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Philo, Allegorical Interpretations

Philo, Allegorical Interpretations

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Complete and UnabridgedTranslated by C. D. Yonge
Publisher’s PrefaceForeword: An Introduction to PhiloPreface to the Original EditionOn the CreationAllegorical Interpretation, IAllegorical Interpretation, IIAllegorical Interpretation, IIIOn the CherubimOn the Birth of Abel and the Sacrifices Offered by Him and by His Brother CainThat the Worse Is Wont to Attack the Better On the Posterity of Cain and His ExileOn the GiantsOn the Unchangableness of GodOn HusbandryConcerning Noah’s Work as a Planter On DrunkennessOn the Prayers and Curses Uttered by Noah When He Became Sobr On the Confusion of TonguesOn the Migration of AbrahamWho Is the Heir of Divine ThingsOn Mating with the Preliminary StudiesOn Flight and FindingOn the Change of NamesOn Dreams, That They are God-SentOn AbrahamOn JosephOn the Life of Moses, IOn the Life of Moses, IIThe DecalogueThe Special Laws, I
The Special Laws, IIThe Special Laws, IIIThe Special Laws, IVOn the VirtuesOn Rewards and PunishmentsEvery Good Man is FreeOn the Contemplative Life or SuppliantsOn the Eternity of the WorldFlaccusHypothetica: Apology for the JewsOn Providence: Fragment IOn Providence: Fragment IIOn the Embassy to Gaius: The First Part of the Treatise on VirtuesQuestions and Answers on Genesis, IQuestions and Answers on Genesis, IIQuestions and Answers on Genesis, IIIAppendix 1: Concerning the WorldAppendix 2: Fragments
Publishing this new edition of C. D. Yonge’s translation of the works of Philo has beenrewarding indeed, but throughout the process of retypesetting, reorganizing, verifying, andredesigning, we’ve been asked why we undertook such a daunting project. A major reason stemsfrom the relative lack of availability of Philo’s works. The only other English text of Philo existsin ten volumes plus two supplementary volumes in the prestigious (and expensive) LoebClassical Library published by Harvard University Press. The Loeb edition includes the Greek text of Philo and is particularly prized by the scholarly community. Unfortunately, however, thisseries has been largely out of the reach of most students of Jewish and Christian antiquity.Further motivation for producing this edition concerns Philo’s significance for studyingthe worlds of first-century Hellenistic Judaism and the New Testament. As C. H. Dodd put it inhis classic,
 Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel 
, Philo is “the best known and most representativefigure of Hellenistic Judaism”—the ’world’ of Paul and many of the earliest believers. AlthoughPhilo does not speak explicitly about his contemporaries Jesus and Paul, it is from Philo that welearn of the religious and philosophical thought world of first-century Alexandrian Judaism. Itsimply cannot be overemphasized that Philo affords unique perspectives that not even Josephus permits and that his writings contain a treasury of insights into aspects of the New Testamentworld—such as the nature of Roman political structures and civic attitudes, or the character of Jewish sects and philosophy. Philo also wrote extensively on the Old Testament Scripture,