The Cambridge Companion to Philo [NOOK Book]

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The works of Philo of Alexandria, a slightly older contemporary of Jesus and Paul, constitute an essential source for the study of Judaism and the rise of Christianity. They are also of extreme importance for understanding the Greek philosophy of the time and help to explain the onset of new forms of spirituality that would dominate the following centuries. This 2009 handbook presents an account of Philo's achievements. It contains a profile of his life and times, a systematic overview of his many writings, and ...
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Overview

The works of Philo of Alexandria, a slightly older contemporary of Jesus and Paul, constitute an essential source for the study of Judaism and the rise of Christianity. They are also of extreme importance for understanding the Greek philosophy of the time and help to explain the onset of new forms of spirituality that would dominate the following centuries. This 2009 handbook presents an account of Philo's achievements. It contains a profile of his life and times, a systematic overview of his many writings, and survey chapters of the key features of his thought, as seen from the perspectives of Judaism and Greek philosophy. The volume concludes with a section devoted to Philo's influence and significance. Composed by an international team of experts, The Cambridge Companion to Philo gives readers a sense of the state of scholarship and provides depth of vision in key areas of Philonic studies.
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"This extremely useful collection examines various aspects of the writings of Philo Judaeus, the first-century Alexandrian exegete and philosopher. Written by world-class experts, nine chapters enable readers to see Philo against his political and philosophical background; they add up to a comprehensive portrait of the man, this thought, his methods, and his historical significance. This book will be very valuable for all students (even students outside the academy) of ancient Judaism, ancient philosophy, or the history of Christian thought, and for any library that serves such readers. Highly recommended." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139801362
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,157,259
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Adam Kamesar is Professor of Judeo-Hellenistic Literature at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, where he also served as Director of the School of Graduate Studies for ten years. Professor Kamesar writes in the areas of Jewish and Christian literature in Greek and Latin from 300 BC through AD 500 and is the author of Jerome, Greek Scholarship and the Hebrew Bible. His essays have appeared in multiple journals, including The Journal of Theological Studies, The Studia Philonica Annual, and Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies. He has also published translations of texts from Latin, Hebrew, Greek, and Italian.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors page vii

The Works of Philo: Editions and Abbreviations ix

Other Ancient Sources: Editions and Abbreviations xiii

Abbreviations of Periodicals, Reference Works, and Series xv

Introduction Adam Kamesar 1

Part 1 Philo's Life and Writings

1 Philo, His Family, and His Times Daniel R. Schwartz 9

2 The Works of Philo James R. Royse 32

3 Biblical Interpretation in Philo Adam Kamesar 65

Part 2 Philo's Thought

4 Philo's Thought within the Context of Middle Judaism Cristina Termini 95

5 Philo's Theology and Theory of Creation Roberto Radice 124

6 Philo's Ethics Carlos Lévy 146

Part 3 Philo's Influence and Significance

7 Philo and the New-Testament Folker Siegert 175

8 Philo and the Early Christian Fathers David T. Runia 210

9 Philo and Rabbinic Literature David Winston 231

Classified Bibliography 255

Index of Sources 267

General Index 293

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