The Cambridge Companion to Philo

The Cambridge Companion to Philo

by Adam Kamesar
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139801362
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 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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