The Cambridge Companion to Philo

The Cambridge Companion to Philo

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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.show more

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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 Levy; 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.show more

About 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.show more

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'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 Studiesshow more

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