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


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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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