Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. B. C. Holtzclaw
Very little is known about the life of Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria, but from his writings we see that he was one of the most spiritually-minded thinkers of his time. He came from an influencial Jewish family and was trained in Greek as well as in Jewish learning. A citizen of the place which was at once the chief heme of the Jewish Dispersion and the chief censer of Hellenistic culture, he owes his position in the history of religious thought which we find in his voluminous writings, to that remarkable fusion of Judaism and Hellenism. He sought to bring harmony between those two cultures by mean of allegory which he had learned from the stoics.
Shimoff, Ephraim, "The influence of Plato on Philo" (1946). Master's Theses. 965.