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DECOCK, Paul B.. Philo of Alexandria: Holiness as self-possession and self-transcendence. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2016, vol.72, n.4, pp.1-7. ISSN 2072-8050.

Philo's writings can be seen as a crucial link between Hellenistic Judaism and early Christianity, particularly in his way of drawing on Greek philosophy in reading the scriptures. Pierre Hadot has pointed out how Graeco-Roman philosophy was seen at that time as a practical subject aiming at the care of self in its twofold movement of interiorisation and exteriorisation. This article explores how Philo draws on these aspects of philosophy to articulate his Jewish understanding of the journey towards perfection or holiness.

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