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The Cambridge Companion to Philo


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Adam Kamesar, Daniel R. Schwartz, James R. Royse, Cristina Termini, Roberto Radice, Carlos Lévy, Folker Siegert, David T. Runia, David Winston
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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521860901

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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.

    • Covers the breadth of Philonic studies, while also providing depth of vision
    • International team of experts
    • Unassuming and straightforward style
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Kamesar comments on what hasbeen termed Philo's 'Aaronide Pentaleuchalism', and Siegert seeks to deomonstrate that of all the non-Christian authors of the first century, Philo is the most important one for the historian of emerging Christianity.' International Review of Biblical Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521860901
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Adam Kamesar
    Part I. Philo's Life and Writings:
    1. Philo, his family, and his times Daniel R. Schwartz
    2. The works of Philo James R. Royse
    3. Biblical interpretation in Philo Adam Kamesar
    Part II. Philo's Thought:
    4. Philo's thought within the context of middle Judaism Cristina Termini
    5. Philo's theology and theory of creation Roberto Radice
    6. Philo's ethics Carlos Lévy
    Part III. Philo's Influence and Significance:
    7. Philo and the New Testament Folker Siegert
    8. Philo and the early Christian fathers David T. Runia
    9. Philo and rabbinic literature David Winston.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to New Testament Studies
    • Philo and Alexandrian Judaism
    • World Civ I
  • Editor

    Adam Kamesar
    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.


    Adam Kamesar, Daniel R. Schwartz, James R. Royse, Cristina Termini, Roberto Radice, Carlos Lévy, Folker Siegert, David T. Runia, David Winston

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