By Adam Kamesar

The Cambridge significant other to Philo. Edited through: 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 significance for knowing the Greek philosophy of the time and support to give an explanation for the onset of latest sorts of spirituality that may dominate the subsequent centuries. This 2009 guide offers an account of Philo's achievements. It incorporates a profile of his existence and occasions, a scientific review of his many writings, and survey chapters of the most important positive factors of his suggestion, as noticeable from the views of Judaism and Greek philosophy. the amount concludes with a piece dedicated to Philo's impression and value. Composed by way of a global staff of specialists, The Cambridge spouse to Philo supplies readers a feeling of the nation of scholarship and gives intensity of imaginative and prescient in key parts of Philonic stories.

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Carter’s explanation of Caesar’s reference in the last-named passage to the ‘ill-disciplined ways of Alexandrian life’; see his edition of Julius Caesar, The Civil War, Book III (Warminster 1993), p. 230. ’ This is all based upon the identification of the Alexandrians as Greeks; see N. Petrochilos, Roman Attitudes to the Greeks (Athens 1974), pp. 17–21. See P. M. Fraser, Ptolemaic Alexandria (Oxford 1972), I, pp. 94–5; H. A. ), The Acts of the Pagan Martyrs: Acta Alexandrinorum (Oxford 1954), pp.

Both of these works, and especially the latter, are often termed esoteric, in that they presuppose a certain knowledge of the Greek Pentateuch. They were no doubt aimed at an audience of readers within Greek-speaking Judaism and, in the case of the Allegorical Commentary, a very well-informed and even ‘initiated’ audience (Cher. 42, 48; cf. Leg. 219). The ‘Exposition of the Law’, on the other hand, is often termed exoteric. In this work, Philo summarizes and presents the Pentateuch in a more structured and thematic form and in such a way that ‘general readers’, including non-Jews, might be able to get a sense of Moses’ literary and legislative achievements.

Etienne, ‘Réflexion sur l’apostasie de Tibérius Julius Alexander’, StPhAnn 12 (2000), pp. 122–42; G. Schimanowski, ‘Die jüdische Integration in die Oberschicht Alexandriens und die angebliche Apostasie des Tiberius Julius Alexander’, in J. Frey et al. ), Jewish Identity in the Greco–Roman World (Leiden 2007), pp. 111–135. 14 daniel r. schwartz dialogue in the De animalibus, where he defends the view that animals have souls just as do humans; similarly, in De providentia he doubts the existence of divine providence.

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