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by Pseudo-Philo,M. R. James,Louis H. Feldman

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Author: Pseudo-Philo,M. R. James,Louis H. Feldman
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Pseudo-Philo is the name commonly used for the unknown, anonymous author of Biblical Antiquities

Pseudo-Philo is the name commonly used for the unknown, anonymous author of Biblical Antiquities. This text is also commonly known today under the Latin title Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (Book of Biblical Antiquities), a title that is not found, per se, on the Latin manuscripts of Pseudo-Philo's Biblical Antiquities.

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by. Pseudo-Philo; James, M. R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936.

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Start by marking The Biblical Antiquities of Philo as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. THE book now presented to English readers has never been translated before: not only is this so, but the very existence of it has remained unknown to the great mass of students for over three hundred years, although it was printed no less than five times in the course of the sixteenth century. What is it, and why is it worth reviving after so long a period of oblivion?

The Biblical Antiquities of Philo. translated by M. James. A little early to be called Midrash, Biblical Antiquities is one of the 'pseudepigrapha', writings on traditional Biblical subjects which were never canonized. John Bruno Hare, May 13th, 2004.

The Biblical Antiquities of Philo. Contents Start Reading. This book, dating from the late first century . after the destruction of the second temple, 70 . is attributed to the Jewish writer Philo. However, most scholars agree that it was not written by Philo, and it is hence sometimes called 'Pseuophilo'.

Pseudo-Philo; M. James; Louis H. Feldman - The Biblical Antiquities of Philo, with Prolegomenon. Pseudo-Philo; M. Feldman.

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This work has only come down to us in a Latin version, translated from the Greek translation of the original Hebrew, the title of which is usually rendered in English by “Biblical Antiquities.” It was composed by an unknown most-likely Palestinian Jewish author somewhere between the turn of the Common Era and the middle of the second century CE. The author was definitely not the Alexandrian Egyptian Jewish philosopher Philo. Philo wrote in Greek and stuck closely to the text of the Hebrew Bible in his treating the laws and narratives as exemplifying the highest theoretical and practical teachings contained in Greek philosophy, in particular ones that exemplified the practice of the virtues and a probing rational analysis of reality, and denigrated physical pleasures. This he did by mostly, but not entirely, viewing the text in an allegorical/philosophical manner. Philo’s project was to convince his Greek-reading audience how profound were the Hebrew Bible’s lessons.

Pseudo-Philo, on the other hand, is so referred because the Latin translations of Philo’s work were often accompanied by the Latin version of Pseudo-Philo’s Biblical Antiquities. Pseudo-Philo’s project is addressed to Israel, not to the Greeks. In addition, Pseudo-Philo has a clearly different agenda than Philo.

I read this book because of my interest in post-biblical treatments of the patriarch Abraham, and there are several interesting sections about Abraham that shed some additional insights into his character and life.

The only English translation from Latin appears to be this one, from 1917 by M. R. James. I read Frederick Murphy’s 1993 “Pseudo-Philo. Rewriting the Bible” alongside James’ translation, a procedure I would recommend, as the translation can be slow going.

The Biblical Antiquities is not one of those books necessary for understanding the Hebrew Bible, unlike what I feel about Philo’s work. However, it is a fascinating treatment of the narratives in the original text composed to teach its readers a particular world view that the author believes is contained in the text. It perhaps falls most closely into the category of midrash, which is an expansion upon Scripture, as it is a highly imaginative retelling of events. Pseudo-Philo has a finite and manageable number of lessons he wishes to teach his readers, and invents and embellishes biblical stories to get his points across.

One of Pseudo-Philo’s themes is the inviolability of the covenant between the Hebrew people and God, predicated on the promises originally made by God to Abraham, and reinforced by the behavior of righteous leaders like Moses, Deborah, Joshua, Samuel, and others. Those “others” are sometimes minor, or even nonexistent, figures in the original Hebrew Bible; for example the judge Kenaz, about whom several chapters are dedicated as explicating the attributes of an ideal leader of Israel.

Pseudo-Philo is remarkable among writers of his era in his highly laudatory treatment of women in the Hebrew Bible—their piety and leadership qualities—in expanding upon the stories of, for example, Tamar, Deborah, the daughter of Yiphtach, and Yael. He also emphasizes the importance of the priestly class and cult, a relatively ironclad sense of deutertonomistic justice, the deadly lure of idol worship and intermarriage, the dependence of the Jewish people on their leaders, and how the consequences of Israel’s disobedience to God will never permanently rupture the bond between Him and His people. The ideal Jewish leaders for Pseudo-Philo must possess certain qualities for Israel to thrive, including humility and total dependence on God for any decision-making.

Pseudo-Philo loves dialogue and expands upon telegraphic conversations, and creates out of whole cloth other utterances, between biblical figures, between biblical figures and God, and soliloquies by God and biblical figures. These are especially interesting, and display a profound understanding of psychology and remarkable consistency in characterizing God’s relationship to the natural and human worlds, in particular, the history of Israel.
Great for a fan of MR James