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Title: Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria Author: Norman Bentwich Release Date: January 10, 2005 [EBook #14657] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK PHILO-JUDAEUS OF ALEXANDRIA *** Produced by Ted Garvin, jayam, David King, and the PG Online Distributed Proofreading Team PHILO-JUDUS OF ALEXANDRIA, BY NORMAN BENTWICH Sometime Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge. PHILADELPHIA THE JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY OF AMERICA 1910 COPYRIGHT, 1910, BY THE JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY OF AMERICA TO MY MOTHER [Greek: threptria] Sat Apr 01 00:37:01 2017 2 PREFACE It is a melancholy reflection upon the history of the Jews that they have failed to pay due honor to their two greatest philosophers. Spinoza was rejected by his contemporaries from the congregation of Israel; Philo-Judus was neglected by the generations that followed him.
Maimonides, our third philosopher, was in danger of meeting the same fate, and his philosophical work was for long viewed with suspicion by a large part of the community.
Philosophers, by the very excellence of their thought, have in all races towered above the comprehension of the people, and aroused the suspicion of the religious teachers.
Elsewhere, however, though rejected by the Church, they have left their influence upon the nation, and taken a commanding place in its history, because they have founded secular schools of thought, which perpetuated their work.
In Judaism, where religion and nationality are inextricably combined, that could not be.
The history of Judaism since the extinction of political independence is the history of a national ...

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