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Re: Philo and Herod
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Paul wrote, "For by one spirit we were all baptised into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free- all were made to drink from one spirit." 1 Corinthians 12:13. Paul was later to dispair of ever developing a united front composed of Jews and Greeks.

In 1 Thessalonians 2: 14 "For you bretheren, became imitators of the Churches of God in Jesus Christ which are in Judea; for you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all men ...But God's wrath has come upon them at last!"

Philo is interesting because he takes Platonic Philosophy and sees the divine Logos as revealed in the Torah!

Like Paul, Philo might have been trying to come up with an intellectual system which would create a new synthesis, one which could unite Greeks and Jews. He seems, though, to have been capable of pleasing no one, neither Greeks nor Jews.

Like Paul, his work had almost no reasonance in Jewish intellectual life but whose writings were saved from destruction by Catholicism who see him as someone on the same path as Paul (I guess.)

Catholics call him Philo Judaica; Jews call him Philo of Alexandria. To me he is quite an anomaly. Ultimately, rational philosophy and revealed religion do not mix. Well, that is my opinion and I am sticking to it!

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