Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

by Joan Taylor
ISBN-10:
0199259615
ISBN-13:
9780199259618
Pub. Date:
10/01/2003
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Overview

Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

The "Therapeutae" were a Jewish group of ascetic philosophers who lived outside Alexandria in the middle of the first century CE. They are described in Philo's treatise De Vita Contemplativa and have often been considered in comparison with early Christians, the Essenes, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. But who were they really? This study focuses particularly on issues of history, rhetoric, women, and gender in a wide exploration of the group, and comes to new conclusions about the "Therapeutae" and their relationship with the Jewish allegorical school of exegesis in Alexandria. The volume includes a new translation of De Vita Contemplativa.

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ISBN-13: 9780199259618
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered
1. On Method
2. Philo's De Vita Contemplativa in Historical Context
3. Identity: the Name 'Therapeutae' and the Essenes
4. Placements: The Geographical and Social Locations of the Mareotic Group
5. The Philosophia of Ioudaismos
6. Allegory and Asceticism
7. A Solar Calendar
2. Women and Gender in De Vita Contemplativa
8. Paradigms of 'Women' in Discourses on Philosophia
9. Women and Sex in De Vita Contemplativa
10. Gendered Space
11. Moses, Miriam, and Music
Conclusion

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