She named him Moses Moshesaying, 'I drew him out meshitihu of the water.
In this whole group indeed, the allegorical explanation is still occasionally employed. In the main however we have here actual historical delineations, a systematic statement of the great legislative work of Moses, the contents, excellence and importance of which, the author desires to make evident to non-Jewish readers, and indeed to as large a circle of them as possible.
For the delineation is more a popular one, while the large allegorical commentary is an esoteric, and according to Philo's notions a strictly scientific work. The contents of the several compositions forming this group differ indeed considerably, and are apparently independent of each other.
Their connection however, and consequently the composition of the whole work, cannot, according to Philo's own intimations, be doubtful.
As to plan it is divided into three parts. This introduction is followed by b biographies of virtuous men. Lastly, the third part embraces c the delineation of the legislation proper, which is divided into two parts: Then follow by way of appendix a few treatises on certain cardinal virtues, and on the rewards of the good and the punishment of the wicked.
This survey of the contents shows at once, that it was Philo's intention to place before his readers a clear description of the entire contents of the Pentateuch, which should be in essential matters complete.
De mundi opificio Mangey, i. He has only erred in the matter of declaring this whole group of writings older than the allegorical commentary p.
It was easy to show in reply, that this popular delineation of the Mosaic legislation is on the contrary more recent than the bulk of the allegorical commentary. On the other hand there is nothing to prevent our relegating the work de mundi opificio also, to the more recent group.
We have already shown, p. On the contrary the beginning of the work de mundi opificio makes it quite evident that it was to form the introduction to the delineation of the legislation, and it is equally plain, that the composition de Abrahamo directly follows it.
For on the other hand it is just as certain, that the composition de mundi opificio was subsequently placed at the head of the allegorical commentaries to compensate for the missing commentary on Gen. Only thus can it be explained that Eusebius, Praep. It is just this which explains the transposition of this treatise into the catalogue of Eusebius, Hist.
This is especially the view of Siegfried. It seems to me however, that the reasons brought forward are not conclusive. Whitaker write Philo, vol.
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