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1 2 H e that has begun b y learning these things with his under­ standing rather than with his hearing [Philo concludes] and has 1 2 4 See By Light, Light, 122. 38 AN I N T R O D U C T I O N TO P H I L O JUDAEUS stamped on his soul these marvellous and priceless realities (etSrj), namely that G o d both is and is from eternity, that he w h o truly is is one, that he has created the world and created it a single entity after the likeness of his o w n unity, and that he ever exercises forethought for his creation, such a man will lead a blessed and happy life, for he is moulded by dogmas which produced piety and holiness.

B u t J o s e p h w a s a n e x e m p l a r y ruler i n t h a t h e l o o k e d a l w a y s t o 1 3 1 3 See m y Philo's Politics, Chap. I I I . PHILO'S WRITINGS 41 G o d ' s g u i d a n c e , a n d carefully o b s e r v e d j u s t i c e to m e n o f all nationalities. I f the R o m a n s are l o o k i n g for a n i d e a l prefect o f E g y p t , t h e y w i l l d o w e l l , P h i l o is s a y i n g , to note t h a t the i d e a l w a s fully e x e m p l i f i e d o f o l d i n n o n e o t h e r t h a n a J e w .

O n l y w h e n w e h a v e c o m e as n e a r as w e c a n to the impossible, t h a t is, w h e n w e h a v e r e a d Philo's passages as n e a r l y as w e c a n , in the w a y his c o n t e m p o r a r i e s w o u l d h a v e d o n e , o r as h e m e a n t his c o n t e m p o r a r i e s to d o , m a y w e f o r m u l a t e a n s w e r s to o u r questions a b o u t o u r p a r t i c u l a r points o f interest. W e must still recall t h a t P h i l o w i l l a n s w e r i n o n l y o n e w a y , in terms o f his o w n c o n t e m p o r a r y t h o u g h t .

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