‘Isaac went out to meditate in the field’ (genesis 24:63) in the exegesis of philo of alexandria and naphtali zvi yehuda berlin

Elad Filler

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Abstract

This article analyzes the allegorical meaning attributed by Philo of Alexandria to the biblical term ‘field’, especially in his exegesis of Gen. 24:63: ‘Isaac went out to meditate in the field’. Analysis of Philo’s discussion in his book ‘The Worse Attacks the Better’ (Quod Deterius Potiori insidiavi solet) sheds light on how he characterizes Isaac in comparison with the allegorical images symbolized by Isaac’s father - Abraham, and his son Jacob against the background of Philo’s Stoic exegesis. The article concludes with an examination of the important meaning, which Naphtali Zvi Yehuda Berlin (1816-1893) attributes to Gen. 24:63.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication‘Isaac went out to the field’
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Archaeology and Ancient Cultures in Honor of Isaac Gilead
PublisherArchaeopress
Pages355-364
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781784918309
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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