Philo’s silence regarding Jesus is devastating to claims that Jesus in not only a fictional character. If Jesus really lived surely Philo would have mentioned him.
Philo of Alexandria, or Julius Philo, was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, during the Roman Empire.
Philo came from a noble and wealthy family. Either his father or grandfather was granted Roman citizenship from Roman dictator Gaius Julius Caesar. Philo had two brothers Alexander the Alabarch and Lysimachus.
His ancestors and family had social ties to the Priesthood in Judea; Hasmonean Dynasty, Herodian Dynasty and Julio-Claudian dynasty in Rome. Philo visited the Temple in Jerusalem at least once in his lifetime.
Philo would have been a contemporary to Jesus of Nazareth and his Apostles.
Philo along with his brothers received a thorough education. They were educated in the Hellenistic culture of Alexandria and Roman culture, to a degree in Ancient Egyptian culture and particularly in the traditions of Judaism, in the study of Jewish traditional literature and in Greek philosophy.
Philo represented the Alexandrian Jews before Roman Emperor Caligula because of civil strife between the Alexandrian Jewish and Greek communities.
Philo was an old man when he led an embassy from the Jews to the court of Emperor Gaius Caligula. The year was 39-40 AD. Philo clearly, then, lived at precisely the time that “Jesus of Nazareth” supposedly entered the world to a chorus of angels, enthralled the multitudes by performing miracles, and got himself crucified.
Philo was precisely in the right place to give testimony of Jesus if he was the Messiah or even if he preformed miracles. We know that Philo spent time in Jerusalem where he had intimate connections with the royal house of Judea. His brother, Alexander the “alabarch” (chief tax official), was one of the richest men in the east, in charge of collecting levies on imports into Roman Egypt. Alexander’s great wealth financed the silver and gold sheathing which adorned the doors of the Temple (Josephus, War 5.205). Alexander also loaned a fortune to Herod Agrippa I (Antiquities 18).
Much as Josephus would, a half century later, Philo wrote extensive apologetics on the Jewish religion and commentaries on contemporary politics. About thirty manuscripts and at least 850,000 words are extant.
Philo says not a word about Jesus, Christianity or any of the events described in the New Testament. In all his works,
Philo makes not a single reference to his contemporary “Jesus Christ”, the alleged godman. who supposedly was exorcising demons, raising the dead and causing earthquake and darkness at his death.
NOT A WORD
Philo knew nothing of Jesus !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not in thirty manuscripts and at least 850,000 words
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