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19. See the note by Colson, ad loc. , 59. 20. , ii, 61-64. 18. , 60 ff. IN CODE 25 white heat. In comparison with the divine course of nature in social matters, as represented by the Jewish life, the Romans are suckers, drawing the very life from the true tree. Let them spread themselves before their captives, and call themselves, as they sport their crowns, rulers of m e n ; far from being rulers they are really only slaves as com­ pared with the virtuous J e w . T h e great Husbandman has not yet ap­ peared to prune the vine of society by hacking them off at the very roots, but, it is clear, Philo was looking for him to come.

T h e n , while they followed as best they could, he walked rapidly through gardens and buildings, giving instructions to the builders for alterations. Suddenly he stopped and asked them w h y they did not eat pork, and again walked rapidly away. A s he walked he told them, apparently over his shoulder, to speak on the Jewish ideas of justice. It is conceivable that Philo rather spread himself at such an opportunity, but his oration had to be delivered on the run to the constantly retreating back of the em­ peror, w h o talked most of the time to the builders.

His younger brother was by his father given the name Benjamin, mean­ ing "Son of d a y s " ; and as day is illuminated by the sunlight visible to our senses, so we compare "empty opinion" to it. For "empty opinion" has a certain brilliance to the outward sense in the acclamations of the mass and herd, in the decrees which are enacted, in the dedications of statues and images, in the purple robes and golden crowns, in chariots and four-horse cars, and in processions of the mul­ titude. " 47 48 Joseph's mother was aware of the other side of the picture.

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