Philo's Scriptures: Citations from the Prophets and Writings: Evidence for a HaftarahCycle in Second Temple Judaism

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It is indeed remarkable that although Philo has quoted extensively from the Pentateuch, his works contain no more than forty-six references to the Prophets and Writings. The author provides a convincing explanation for every one of these citations. It corroborates the thesis that Philo availed himself of lexicographic aids and midrashic material, and further, that even when the language of their composition was Hebrew/Aramaic, that he used them in Greek translation. It identifies a circle engaged in esoteric ...

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It is indeed remarkable that although Philo has quoted extensively from the Pentateuch, his works contain no more than forty-six references to the Prophets and Writings. The author provides a convincing explanation for every one of these citations. It corroborates the thesis that Philo availed himself of lexicographic aids and midrashic material, and further, that even when the language of their composition was Hebrew/Aramaic, that he used them in Greek translation. It identifies a circle engaged in esoteric philosophic allegorization of Scriptures, with which Philo associated, and it finds that the specific quotations from the Prophets point to the existence, already in the 1st century CE, of a traditional Haftarah Cycle. The book fills a long felt lacuna.

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Naomi G. Cohen, taught for many years at Tel-Aviv and Haifa Universities, and is presently a Senior Research Fellow at Haifa University. She has published extensively both on Philo and on Jewish Liturgy, including Philo Judaeus: His Universe of Discourse (1995).

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Table of Contents


Note to the Reader (Explanatory Observations)     ix
Preface     xi
The Man Philo as a Product of his Time     1
How Philo Quotes the Pentateuch     25
A Traditional Haftarah Cycle     55
Citations from the Latter Prophets     71
Citations from the Former Prophets and Chronicles     103
Citations from the Book of Psalms     139
Citations from the Books of Proverbs and Job     157
The Allegorical Circle of Moses     175
Endnotes     199
Pantokrator ([Characters not reproducible]) and Lord of Hosts ([Characters not reproducible])     199
Philo and the Contemporary Italian Rite     199
[Characters not reproducible] and [Characters not reproducible] (LORD and GOD) in the Septuagint, Philo, and in Rabbinic Midrash     201
Philo's Terminology for the books of Judges and Kings     204
'To Look' and 'To See' ([Characters not reproducible])     204
Ps. 46(45):5 (V Somn. 2.246) and Zohar ii 63b and 98b     208
A Possible Allusion / Echo of Prov. 8:22-23 in VIII Virt. 62     209
The 'Jewish' connotation of the terms [Characters not reproducible], and [Characters not reproducible] and [Characters not reproducible] in Philo     209
The Use of the Word [Characters notreproducible] in Philo     214
The Cultural Norms of Translators and the Words They Choose     217
Prov. 8:22-23 in Philo and in Genesis Rabbah     219
Charts of Philo's Citations from the Prophets and Writings     231
Bibliography     241
Index of Modern Authors     251
General Index     253
Index of Sources     263
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