About PhiloPhilo was a 1st-century Jewish philosopher from Alexandria, Egypt, whose works often attempt to reconcile biblical interpretation with Greek philosophy. Though much overlap exists between Philo’s writing and the rabbinic literature developed at the same time (Mishnah, Midrash, and Tosefta), rabbinic literature does not mention Philo. Later rabbinic scholars, most notably the 16th-century Azaria dei Rossi, theorized that perhaps Philo’s lack of mastery of Hebrew (instead relying on a Greek translation of the Torah) and unorthodox methods of biblical interpretation led earlier rabbinic works to shy away from referencing him.
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