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The Cambridge spouse to Philo. Edited via: Adam Kamesar. Cambridge college Press, 2009. 318 pages (Cambridge partners to Philosophy). ISBN: 9780521678025

The works of Philo of Alexandria, a touch older modern of Jesus and Paul, represent a vital resource for the research of Judaism and the increase of Christianity. also they are of maximum value for figuring out the Greek philosophy of the time and support to provide an explanation for the onset of latest varieties of spirituality that may dominate the subsequent centuries. This 2009 guide provides an account of Philo's achievements. It incorporates a profile of his lifestyles and occasions, a scientific assessment of his many writings, and survey chapters of the major positive factors of his inspiration, as visible from the views of Judaism and Greek philosophy. the quantity concludes with a bit dedicated to Philo's impact and importance. Composed through a global crew of specialists, The Cambridge significant other to Philo supplies readers a feeling of the country of scholarship and gives intensity of imaginative and prescient in key components of Philonic experiences.

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R. ]). For a recent study of these events, focusing on how Philo skewed his account in the Jews’ favor, see A. Kerkeslager, ‘Agrippa and the Mourning Rites for Drusilla in Alexandria’, JSJ 37 (2006), pp. 367–400. 22 daniel r. schwartz notice) welcomed him with enthusiastic demonstrations, and that it was this that aroused the jealousy of the Alexandrians – ‘as if the good fortune of others were their own misfortune’ (Flacc. 29). Here Philo clearly states the issue: with the establishment of Roman hegemony, which knocked the Alexandrians off their pedestal, Alexandrians and Jews were in competition, and any points won by the Jews, such as the coronation of a Jewish king, were, in effect, lost by the Alexandrians.

Das Land Israel in biblischer Zeit (Göttingen 1983), pp. 172–87. 28 daniel r. 63 Again, when explaining what is wrong with allegorizing the Torah’s commandments to the exclusion of actually fulfilling them, his trump argument is that going down that road could lead to the abandonment of the temple cult (Migr. 89–93). This seems to be, for him, a reductio ad absurdum because no one could imagine going that far. In fact, however, we know that going that far was not at all impossible, and it was happening around the same time Philo wrote (see, for example, 1 Cor 3:16–17 and 2 Cor 6:16).

C. D. 2 (Edinburgh 1987), pp. 813–70. Besides these studies, the prefaces to the edition of Philo by L. Cohn and P. Wendland (PCW) contain much valuable material, as do the various introductions to the English (PLCL), German (PCH), and French (PAPM) translations of Philo’s works. The Cohn–Wendland edition, along 32 The Works of Philo 33 I. The Classification of Philo’s Works Despite some complexities and uncertainties, it is clear that many of Philo’s works belong to a few larger groups. In fact, most of his writings belong to three great exegetical series: (1) the Quaestiones and (2) the Allegorical Commentary, which follow a verse-by-verse format, and (3) the ‘Exposition of the Law’, which has a more thematic structure.

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