Ancient Israel

Philo's views on music

The importance of music to the great Jewish philosopher Philo can be seen in his many references to music and his use of musical imagery. His works are indebted to the Pythagorean school and to Plato, but are even more imbued with musical analogies and symbolism. In Philo, the Greek tradition and attitude toward music is paramount, with almost no reference made in his works to 'Jewish' music or to the Temple.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
1986-7

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