Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Eusebius, EH.2.18: Philo of Alexandria
A new installment is posted to the series on Eusebius of Caesarea’s The Ecclesiastical History: book 2, chapter 18 (listen here).
Notes and Commentary:
Eusebius here surveys the various writings of the respected Jewish philosopher, stateman, and author Philo of Alexandria (c. 20 BC-AD 50), a rough contemporary of both Jesus and Paul.
He notes that Philo wrote on various spiritual and mundane topics, including allegorical expositions of the Hebrew Bible.
He again notes Philo’s famed trip to Rome during the reign of Caius Caesar (Caligula) and also notes that during the reign of Caius’s successor, Claudius, Philo described Caligula's impiety in an ironically titled work “Concerning Virtues”, which he read before the Senate.
He also notes Claudius’s expulsion of Jews from Rome, a detail noted in Acts 18:2 that led to Aquila and Priscilla being in Corinth, where they became hosts to Paul.
Eusebius has a high view of the book of Acts, referring to it as “sacred Scripture.”