Do any early commentators from the geonim or rishonim periods cite any teachings from Philo Judeas by name?

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    You may want to see Naomi Cohen's article in the Summer 2011 edition of Tradition. traditionarchive.org/news/_pdfs/0009-0018.pdf
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 17:39
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    Your title and question seem inconsistent. Are you interested in his ideas being adopted (which implies agreement, using his ideas) or citation by name (which does not necessitate agreement)? Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 18:59
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    try amazon.com/Torah-Alexandria-Biblical-Commentator-Volume/dp/…
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 14:52
  • R' Azariah dei Rossi (Min Ha'adumim) discusses Philo's works in his work Meor einayim: part 3, chapter 3-7, he calls him by his Jewish name ידידיהו האלכסנדרי. books.google.com/…
    – Bach
    Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 15:04
  • @DoubleAA pdf link broken, sounded interesting
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Sep 4, 2023 at 20:24

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Indeed, Philo and his works were studied only by the Church and classicists until Azariah del Rossi. His works weren't translated to Arabic as other philosophical works were, perhaps because they were ironically perceived as Christian... After del Rossi, R. Yehuda Moscato and Yashar of Candia (R. Yosef Shlomo Rofeih Delmedigo) quote and discuss Philo. As far as I know he is not mentioned anywhere in Geonim or Rishonim. It should be noted that similar ideas are found throughout Chazal, RSG, and Rishonic philosophers... He may, though, be referenced as Aleksandri in the commentary to Sefer Yetzirah attributed to Abusahal Dones ibn Tamim though probably originally of R. Yitzchak Yisraeli...

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