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The Biblical Antiquities of Philo

translated by M. R. James


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This book, dating from the late first century C.E. (after the destruction of the second temple, 70 C.E.) is attributed to the Jewish writer Philo. However, most scholars agree that it was not written by Philo, and it is hence sometimes called 'Pseuophilo'. Consisting of a retelling of the Hebrew Bible from Genesis to the end of 1 Samuel, Biblical Antiquities embellishes and often departs from the narrative as we know it today in small and large details. A little early to be called Midrash, Biblical Antiquities is one of the 'pseudepigrapha', writings on traditional Biblical subjects which were never canonized.

--John Bruno Hare, May 13th, 2004

Title Page


1. General
2. History of the Book
3. Authorities for the Text
4. Title, and Attribution to Philo
5. Original Language
6. Date
7. Form
8. Purpose
9. Unity. Contents
10. Relation to Other Literature
11. Extent of the Complete Book: The Lost Conclusion Discussed
12. Conclusion. Character of the Present Edition
13. Synopsis of the Contents
Additional Note

The Biblical Antiquities of Philo

Chapter I.
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV.
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
Chapter XIII
Chapter XIV
Chapter XV
Chapter XVI
Chapter XVII
Chapter XVIII
Chapter XIX
Chapter XX
Chapter XXI
Chapter XXII
Chapter XXIII
Chapter XXIV
Chapter XXV
Chapter XXVI
Chapter XXVII
Chapter XXVIII
Chapter XXIX
Chapter XXX
Chapter XXXI.
Chapter XXXII
Chapter XXXIII
Chapter XXXIV
Chapter XXXV
Chapter XXXVI
Chapter XXXVII
Chapter XXXIX
Chapter XL
Chapter XLI
Chapter XLII
Chapter XLIV
Chapter XLV
Chapter XLVI
Chapter XLVIII
Chapter XLIX
Chapter L
Chapter LI
Chapter LII
Chapter LIII
Chapter LIV
Chapter LV
Chapter LVI
Chapter LVII
Chapter LVIII
Chapter LIX
Chapter LX
Chapter LXI
Chapter LXII
Chapter LXIII
Chapter LXIV
Chapter LXV