Academic Scholarship

Philo of Alexandria and Divine Relativity

Journal for the Study of Judaism, 34(4), 471- 491, December 2003

Photo Needed Colleen M. Conway, Ph.D.
Department of Religion

Philo's apparent divinization of Moses is considered vis-à-vis ancient conceptions of gender. Philo's Moses is a perfect illustration of the ideology of masculinity evident in a wide range of Greco-Roman literature. Moreover, with Philo's Moses, perfect masculinity is commensurate with divinity, but both remain relative to the "asexual masculinity" of God.


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