Philo's Works

The Church Fathers have preserved most of Philo's works that are now extant. Many of these are allegorical commentaries on the Pentateuch, but there are several significant other works of history and philosophy.

Most of what we know of Philo today comes from Eusebius, Hist. Eccles. 2: 2-31, who wrote: "Philo became known as a remarkable man to many, not only among us, but also among those who had sprung from outside education. He was ethnically Hebrew by origin, and second to none in terms of the illustrious men in Alexandria. It is clear to all concerning the work, how hard he toiled in the Scriptures and the nation's learning. It is hardly necessary to speak of his position in regard to philosophy and the liberal arts of outside education, especially in his zealous study of Plato and Pythagoras, in which it is related that he surpassed all of his contemporaries."

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