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Would you consider Philo a Philospher?

ChristianPunk
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8/13/2014 1:06:16 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I hear of this Jewish Philosopher named Philo of Alexendria (who is said to have lived during the time of Christ, but was 13 or 12 when Jesus was said to have been crucified). I don't know much of his philosophy, but if any of you know of him, do you think he's worth checking his works out?
Sidewalker
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8/13/2014 7:37:48 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/13/2014 1:06:16 PM, ChristianPunk wrote:
I hear of this Jewish Philosopher named Philo of Alexendria (who is said to have lived during the time of Christ, but was 13 or 12 when Jesus was said to have been crucified). I don't know much of his philosophy, but if any of you know of him, do you think he's worth checking his works out?

Depends on what you are interested in of course.

Jewish Gnosticism predates Christianity, I believe both Jesus and Philo were Gnostic Jews, and that early Christian philosophical thought was strongly influenced, if not completely defined by the Hellenization of Jewish Gnosticism. If that makes you crazy, then don't read Philo, if it intrigues you and it's something you'd like to explore further, then by all means, dive right in because Philo is a central figure.
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8/14/2014 10:08:11 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/13/2014 7:37:48 PM, Sidewalker wrote:
At 8/13/2014 1:06:16 PM, ChristianPunk wrote:
I hear of this Jewish Philosopher named Philo of Alexendria (who is said to have lived during the time of Christ, but was 13 or 12 when Jesus was said to have been crucified). I don't know much of his philosophy, but if any of you know of him, do you think he's worth checking his works out?

Depends on what you are interested in of course.

Jewish Gnosticism predates Christianity, I believe both Jesus and Philo were Gnostic Jews, and that early Christian philosophical thought was strongly influenced, if not completely defined by the Hellenization of Jewish Gnosticism. If that makes you crazy, then don't read Philo, if it intrigues you and it's something you'd like to explore further, then by all means, dive right in because Philo is a central figure.

What is the Hellenistic philosohy. I keep hearing of it.
Kc1999
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8/16/2014 4:23:59 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/14/2014 10:08:11 AM, ChristianPunk wrote:
At 8/13/2014 7:37:48 PM, Sidewalker wrote:
At 8/13/2014 1:06:16 PM, ChristianPunk wrote:
I hear of this Jewish Philosopher named Philo of Alexendria (who is said to have lived during the time of Christ, but was 13 or 12 when Jesus was said to have been crucified). I don't know much of his philosophy, but if any of you know of him, do you think he's worth checking his works out?

Depends on what you are interested in of course.

Jewish Gnosticism predates Christianity, I believe both Jesus and Philo were Gnostic Jews, and that early Christian philosophical thought was strongly influenced, if not completely defined by the Hellenization of Jewish Gnosticism. If that makes you crazy, then don't read Philo, if it intrigues you and it's something you'd like to explore further, then by all means, dive right in because Philo is a central figure.

What is the Hellenistic philosohy. I keep hearing of it.

Classical Era Philosophy; Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, those dudes.
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s-anthony
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8/16/2014 9:10:26 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/13/2014 1:06:16 PM, ChristianPunk wrote:
I hear of this Jewish Philosopher named Philo of Alexendria (who is said to have lived during the time of Christ, but was 13 or 12 when Jesus was said to have been crucified). I don't know much of his philosophy, but if any of you know of him, do you think he's worth checking his works out?

From reading, I can see most of his philosophy was a reinterpretation of the Jewish bible based on classical Greek philosophy.

This might help a little: http://en.m.wikipedia.org...