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Imagine being able to ask questions of a first-century Hellenistic Jewish philosopher, a contemporary of Jesus and Paul who worked to understand Mosaic thought in light of Greek ideals. What kinds of questions would you ask to better understand the theology, interpretive strategies, and historical context of the biblical writers, who often wrestled with the same task?

The writings of Philo Judaeus, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, between approximately 20 B.C. and A.D. 40, provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of Jesus and the Apostles. In fact, Philo’s works are a goldmine of information on Jewish exegetical methods, the worldview of the apostles, and theological matters of great importance for Christianity.

We are pleased to bring you the first electronic edition of the complete works of Philo in Greek, morphologically tagged. This resource is built upon the database compiled by the Norwegian “Philo Concordance Project,” which published the first complete, printed concordance of Philo in 2000. The Logos Bible Software resource includes the complete works of Philo, in Greek, drawn from the same four text editions used to compile the concordance (Cohn & Wendland, Colson, Petit, and Paramelle). The lemmatization and morphology are also supplied by the Philo Concordance Project scholars.

See also: Works of Philo in EnglishJosephus in Greek (critical ed. with apparatus), and Apostolic Fathers in Greek and English (with morphology).

Resource Experts
  • On the Creation (De opificio mundi)
  • Allegorical Interpretation (Legum allegoriae I, II & III)
  • On Cherubim (De Cherubim)
  • On the Sacrifices of Abel and Cain (De sacrificiis Abelis et Caini)
  • The Worse attacks the Better (Quod deterius Potiori insidiari soleat)
  • On the Posterity and Exile of Cain (De posteritate Caini)
  • On the Giants (De gigantibus)
  • On the Unchangeableness of God (Quod Deus sit immutabilis)
  • On Husbandry (De agricultura)
  • On Noah’s Work as a Planter (De plantatione)
  • On Drunkenness (De ebrietate)
  • On Sobriety (De Sobrietate)
  • On the Confusion of Tongues (De confusione linguarum)
  • On the Migration of Abraham (De migratione Abrahami)
  • Who is Heir of Divine Things (Quis rerum divinarum heres sit)
  • On the Preliminary Studies (De congressu eruditionis gratia)
  • On Flight and Finding (De fuga et inventione)
  • On the Change of Names (De mutatione nominum)
  • On Dreams (De somniis I & II)
  • On Abraham (De Abrahamo)
  • On Joseph (De Iosepho)
  • On Moses (De vita Moysis I & II)
  • Decalogue (De Decalogo)
  • On the Special Laws (De specialibus legibus I-IV)
  • On the Virtues (De virtutibus)
  • On Rewards and Punishments (De praemiis et poenis, De exsecrationibus)
  • Every Good Man is Free (Quod omnis probus liber sit)
  • On the Contemplative Life (De vita contemplativa)
  • On the Eternity of the World (De aeternitate mundi)
  • Flaccus (In Flaccum)
  • Embassy to Gaius (Legatio ad Gaium)
  • Hypothetica (Apologia pro Iudaeis)
  • On Providence (De Providentia I & II)

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“γῆςNGSFγῆ λογιστέονVAPP-SANλογίζομαι εἶναιVPANεἰμί νοῦνNASMνόος νοῦς εἰσκρινόμενονVPMP-SAM?εἰσκρίνω σώματιNDSNσῶμα, οὔπωBοὔπω δʼTδέ εἰσκεκριμένονVRMP-SAMεἰσκρίνω DNSM δὲTδέ νοῦςNNSMνόος νοῦς οὗτοςRD-NSMοὗτος γεώδηςJNSM?γεώδης” (source)

“ἄρχωνVPAP-SNMἄρχω ἄρχων καὶC?καί ἡγεμὼνNNSMἡγεμών καὶC?καί βασιλεύςNNSMβασιλεύς, RR-DSM?ὅς πρυτανεύεινVPANπρυτανεύω καὶC?καί διοικεῖνVPANδιοικέω μόνῳJDSM?μόνος θέμιςNNSFθέμις τὰDAPN? σύμπανταJASM?σύμπας” (source)

“ποιητήνNASMποιητής τεTτέ καὶC?καί πατέραNASMπατήρ πάλινBπάλιν καὶC?καί δεσπότηνNASMδεσπότης ἀναγκαῖονJASM?ἀναγκαῖος εἶναιVPANεἰμί.” (source)

  • Title: The Works of Philo: Greek Text with Morphology
  • Authors: Philo of Alexandria, Peder Borgen, Kåre Fuglseth, Roald Skarsten
  • Publisher: Faithlife
  • Print Publication Date: 2005
  • Logos Release Date: 2005
  • Language: Greek, Modern (post 1453)
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Philo, of Alexandria › Language; Greek language, Hellenistic (300 B.C.-600 A.D.)
  • Resource Type: Ancient Manuscript
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:54:16Z

Contributors to the project are:

  • Peder Borgen (University of Trondheim)
  • Roald Skarsten (University of Bergen)
  • Kåre Fuglseth (University of Trondheim)

The Philo Concordance Project website introduces the project as follows:

The Philo Concordance Project is a Norwegian project aiming at producing a complete Philo electronic concordance. The word indices printed this far are printouts of a database containing all the Greek words in the writings of Philo of Alexandria, main fragments included.
The database consists of about 437, 400 tokens (text­forms) and more than 14, 000 different lemmas (the chosen entry form). A complete KWIC version would fill more than 10, 000 pages on paper. Such a large volume of material is better suited for a publication in electronic form rather than in book form.


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  1. ACourt



    Borgen and the Philo Concordance Project team produced a truly amazing piece of work when they transformed the critical edition of Philo's works (Cohn-Wendland) into "machine-readable" text. At the same time, Skarsten began the work of organising key words into a concordance. As the project received more funding, more words were tagged and the fragmentary texts of Philo were added. When a commercial edition of "The Philo Index: A Complete Greek Word Index of the Writings of Philo of Alexandria" was published in 2000, it was described as a monumental achievement. That we now have access to the digital text which resulted from their work (and its tagging) in Logos is fantastic. Although those who are used to the highly curated tagging of NT texts in Logos will find that the morphology data sometimes feels lacking by comparison, that is to be expected in a corpus which is given far less attention and which is much much longer.
  2. George



  3. Robert Ogden

    Robert Ogden


    This is some of the sloppiest morphology work I've seen in any logos product. Borderline useless and it doesn't help that every third word has a pop-up saying that it is tagged for further review. I can't believe anyone thinks it is morally acceptable to charge someone $80 for this mess.
  4. Michael G Karnavas
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    Faithlife User


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