Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria was a few years older than Jesus of Nazareth and lived longer.

Author: Jean Danielou

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781625644299

Category: Religion

Page: 202

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Philo of Alexandria was a few years older than Jesus of Nazareth and lived longer. He belonged to a wealthy and cultured family, prominent in the Jewish community in Alexandria. Philo had contacts with the highest level of Roman authorities. He was on a risky diplomatic mission to Caligula on behalf of the persecuted Jews of Alexandria during what turned out to be Caligula's last days. Herod Agrippa was a friend in Rome during Philo's hour of greatest need. Philo is a sympathetic source on what sounds very much like a contemporary Jewish monastic movement. He is also one of the creators of the allegorical interpretation of Scripture. Some of his exegesis is reminiscent of Pythagorean numerology. It has been argued that Philo, who was well educated in Greek thought, was the founder of medieval philosophy. St. John seems to adapt Philo's thoughts about the Logos, the Word, in the prologue to his Gospel. There are also close ties between Philo's thinking and the Letter to the Hebrews. Jean Danielou, a paradigm of scholarship and clarity, makes Philo speak to us in his own voice. Anyone interested in patristics, exegesis, or simply Christian beginnings will benefit by reading Danielou's treatment of Philo.
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Philo of Alexandria An Exegete for His Time

Philo of Alexandria   An Exegete for His Time

Professor Borgen's book provides a key to Philo's fascinating world and makes a better understanding and appreciation possible of this great Jewish exegete and philosopher of Antiquity.

Author: Peder Borgen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004267329

Category: Religion

Page: 344

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Philo's writings are a comprehensive and important source of late Second Temple Judaism, and illuminate the context of First Century Christianity. However, today many find them to be rather inaccessible. Professor Borgen's book provides a key to Philo's fascinating world and makes a better understanding and appreciation possible of this great Jewish exegete and philosopher of Antiquity.
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Reading Philo

Reading Philo

This practical volume will be an indispensable resource for anyone delving into Philo and his world.

Author: Torrey Seland

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802870698

Category: Philosophy

Page: 416

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A contemporary of both Jesus and the apostle Paul, Philo was a prolific Jewish theologian, philosopher, and politician -- a fascinating, somewhat enigmatic figure -- who lived his entire life in Alexandria, Egypt. His many books are important sources for our understanding of ancient Judaism, early Christianity, and the philosophical currents of that time. Reading Philo is an excellent introductory guide to Philo s work and significance. The contributors -- all well-known experts on Philo of Alexandria -- discuss Philo in context, offer methodological considerations (how best to study Philo), and explore Philo s ongoing relevance and value (why reading him is important). This practical volume will be an indispensable resource for anyone delving into Philo and his world.
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Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria

Samuel Sandmel's book: Philo of Alexandria: An Introduction, is a basic introductory, supplementing his own teacher' Goodenough: 'An Introduction to Philo Judaeus, ' and foundation to more recent works on Philo.

Author: Samuel Sandmel

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195025156

Category: Jewish philosophy

Page: 204

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Samuel Sandmel's book: Philo of Alexandria: An Introduction, is a basic introductory, supplementing his own teacher' Goodenough: 'An Introduction to Philo Judaeus, ' and foundation to more recent works on Philo.
Categories: Jewish philosophy

Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria

Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria

Rabbi Leo Samuel has done an outstanding service, both to Philo and to modern readers. In Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria, Philo’s ancient Torah commentary becomes readable and meaningful, exciting and contemporary.

Author: Michael Leo Samuel

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 9781506903507

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

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"Philo is one of the great thinkers of the ancient world, yet he no longer remains enigmatic to biblical interpreters. I enthusiastically recommend Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria." Dr. Marvin Wilson, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies Gordon College, Wenham, MA "Philo proves to be a staunch supporter of the classical approach to biblical characters, immediately and unequivocally defending them and dispelling any possible negative interpretation of their behavior. In situations where such 'mainstream' commentaries as Nachmanides or Rabbi S.R. Hirsch find fault in the behavior of the matriarchs or patriarchs, Philo is quick to defend; in fact, there are many instances in which he inserts a virtuous spin on seemingly neutral situations...Rabbi Leo Samuel has done an outstanding service, both to Philo and to modern readers. In Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria, Philo’s ancient Torah commentary becomes readable and meaningful, exciting and contemporary. I look forward to future volumes..." Rabbi Ari D. Kahn, Echoes of Eden on the Pentateuch The intellectual fecundity of Philo's era was remarkable. He lived at one of the most creative periods of Western Civilization, as two of the greatest traditions--Semitic and Greek--were continuing to winnow the useful insights of their counterpart's teachings, while they refined their own modes of thoughts and religious expression. Philo became Hellenistic Judaism's greatest philosopher and was the first ancient Judaic thinker to compose a commentary on the Torah. His style of interpretation included the exegetical, legal, linguistic, proto-midrashic, and theological strands of 1st century Jewish thought. Reading Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria offers the reader a glimpse into the unknown world of 1st Hellenistic Judaism, which in many ways resembled the Western world we now inhabit. Michael Leo Samuel has meticulously culled from all of Philo’s exegetical remarks, arranging them according to the biblical verses. He provides extensive parallels from the corpus of rabbinical literature, Greek philosophy, and Christian theology in presenting how Philo impacted the great minds of Late Antiquity and beyond. Keywords: Books , Religion & Spirituality , Judaism , Sacred Writings , Torah Bible Study & Reference, Commentaries, Old Testament, Mystical Torah, Middle Platonism, Hellenistic Jewish Philosophy
Categories: Literary Criticism

Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria

Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria

The essays collected in Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria give an overview of current Italian research on Philo of Alexandria.

Author: Francesca Calabi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 0391041894

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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The essays collected in Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria give an overview of current Italian research on Philo of Alexandria. The articles approach the subject from various perspectives: historical, linguistic, philological, and philosophical.
Categories: Philosophy

Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria

Mireille Hadas-Lebel shines a spotlight on the complex life and works of Philo, the illustrious Alexandrian Jewish philosopher, offering a fascinating insight into a seminal religious thinker at the crossroads of Judaism and Hellenism.

Author: Mireille Hadas-Lebel

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004232372

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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Mireille Hadas-Lebel shines a spotlight on the complex life and works of Philo, the illustrious Alexandrian Jewish philosopher, offering a fascinating insight into a seminal religious thinker at the crossroads of Judaism and Hellenism.
Categories: Religion

Philo s Alexandria

Philo s Alexandria

In this compelling new study, Dorothy I. Sly searches through Philo's treatises for information about Alexandria.

Author: Dorothy I. Sly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134681105

Category: History

Page: 224

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First-century Alexandria vied with Rome to be the greatest city of the Roman empire. More than half a million people lived in its cosmopolitan four square miles. It was a major centre for international trade and shipping. Little remains of Alexandria's golden age. Few papyrus records of the city survive. Archaeologists' attempts to reveal its past have been frustrated by years of subsidence, earthquakes and continuous demolition and rebuilding. Our main guide to the city is Philo, an Alexandrian Jew, who, sometimes inadvertantly, incorporated information about his home city into his copious religious writings. In this compelling new study, Dorothy I. Sly searches through Philo's treatises for information about Alexandria. By recognising his shortcomings and prejudices, and questioning his judgements, she builds up an authentic picture of life in the first century.
Categories: History

Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria

This anthology contains the basic vision of Philo (c. 20 B.C.E.-50 C.E.), the greatest Jewish mystic, philosopher and theologian of the Graeco-Roman era.

Author: Philo (of Alexandria.)

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809123339

Category: Religion

Page: 425

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This anthology contains the basic vision of Philo (c. 20 B.C.E.-50 C.E.), the greatest Jewish mystic, philosopher and theologian of the Graeco-Roman era.
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Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria

This volume is a continuation of Philo of Alexandria: an Annotated Bibliography 1837-1986, published by Roberto Radice and David Runia in 1988.

Author: Douwe (David) Runia

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004313231

Category: Religion

Page: 440

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This volume is a continuation of Philo of Alexandria: an Annotated Bibliography 1837-1986, published by Roberto Radice and David Runia in 1988. Prepared with the collaboration of the International Philo Bibliography Project, it contains a complete listing of all scholarly writings on Philo in all languages for the period 1987 to 1996.
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Divine Providence in Philo of Alexandria

Divine Providence in Philo of Alexandria

In his study Peter Frick starts with the examination of the theocentric structure of Philo's thought as outlined in the important passage De Opificio Mundi 171-2 where Philo correlates the idea of providence with his concept of God and the ...

Author: Peter Frick

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 3161471415

Category: Religion

Page: 220

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In his study Peter Frick starts with the examination of the theocentric structure of Philo's thought as outlined in the important passage De Opificio Mundi 171-2 where Philo correlates the idea of providence with his concept of God and the theory of creation. On this basis, any adequate understanding of providence in Philo must begin with the correlation between the formal aspects of the Philonic concept of God, especially the idea of God's transcendence, and Philo's conceptualization of the idea of providence in light of these formal aspects. In particular, the issue is how Philo can predicate that God is provident in nature, although God cannot be apprehended in his essence. Moreover, Philo explains the immanence of God in the cosmos in terms of the Logos and the divine powers, one of which he specifically characterizes as the providential power. Both the aspects of divine transcendence and immanence cohere in Philo's theory of creation. He conceives of the role of providence in cosmological matters as being responsible for the design, administration and continuous existence of the created universe. Two further issues, the questions of astral fatalism and theodicy, are critically important for a thorough understanding of Philo's conception of divine providence. Philo rejects the assumption implied in astral fatalism that the stars are transcendent divinities and thus have causal powers over human affairs. And he rejects astral fatalism because it renders absurd the notion of moral responsibility. Concerning the question of theodicy, Philo proceeds from the Platonic premise that God is not the cause for evil in any way. For him, the existence of moral evil exonerates God and his providence as the cause for evil and anchors the blame in the person.
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Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria

This first biography of Philo of Alexandria, one of antiquity's most prolific yet enigmatic authors, traces his intellectual development from Bible interpreter to diplomat in Rome

Author: Maren Niehoff

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300175233

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 323

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This first biography of Philo of Alexandria, one of antiquity's most prolific yet enigmatic authors, traces his intellectual development from Bible interpreter to diplomat in Rome
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Philo of Alexandria and Post Aristotelian Philosophy

Philo of Alexandria and Post Aristotelian Philosophy

An inquiry drawing on the presence of Hellenistic philosophy in Philo provides a better knowledge of the diffusion of Hellenistic philosophy since the late Republican age, as well as the relationship between Philo’s reception and other ...

Author: Francesca Alesse

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047433576

Category: Religion

Page: 37

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An inquiry drawing on the presence of Hellenistic philosophy in Philo provides a better knowledge of the diffusion of Hellenistic philosophy since the late Republican age, as well as the relationship between Philo’s reception and other doxohraphical tradition.
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Philo of Alexandria On Planting

Philo of Alexandria On Planting

This volume continues the series on the interpretation of Noah, focussing on his planting of a vineyard in Gen 9:20.

Author: David Runia

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004417519

Category: Religion

Page: 380

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Philo of Alexandria (died c. 50 CE) is famous for his complex and spiritually rich allegorical treatises on the Greek Bible. This volume continues the series on the interpretation of Noah, focussing on his planting of a vineyard in Gen 9:20.
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Jewish Worship in Philo of Alexandria

Jewish Worship in Philo of Alexandria

His writings, however, do not refer to them directly and cannot easily be used to reconstruct Jewish rituals of his time. His main aim is to discuss the rites as collected in the Mosaic Torah, since these are binding for all Jews.

Author: Jutta Leonhardt

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 3161475976

Category: Religion

Page: 347

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As a knowledgeable contemporary of the later Second Temple, Philo of Alexandria's approach to worship and his view of the essence of Jewish worship are of particular interest to the study of that period. Jutta Leonhardt discusses his views on the Jewish festivals, especially the Sabbath, on prayer, psalms, hymns, praise and thanksgiving, and on Temple offerings, sacrifices and purification rites. These aspects are presented with their parallels in Jewish and pagan traditions and in Greek and Hellenistic philosophy. Jewish worship in Philo has never been studied as a coherent whole before. Only individual aspects of worship, such as prayer of petition, or thanksgiving, or Philo has been used in studies on Second Temple Judaism as a quarry for general examples of acts of worship.Philo accepted and participated in Jewish worship, and even knew about details of various Jewish traditions of his time. His writings, however, do not refer to them directly and cannot easily be used to reconstruct Jewish rituals of his time. His main aim is to discuss the rites as collected in the Mosaic Torah, since these are binding for all Jews. These laws are frequently presented using the terminology of pagan cults and interpreted with recourse to Greek philosophy. In this philosophical description of actual rites there are parallels to Plato's references to religion in the ideal state in the Nomoi. Philo presents Judaism as the ultimate Hellenistic cult, which combines the various aspects of the different pagan cults in a sublime and perfect form to represent mankind and the universe in the worship of the one God who created the world.
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Philo of Alexandria and Greek Myth

Philo of Alexandria and Greek Myth

By analyzing specific mythologems and narrative cycles, the contributions to this volume pave the way to a better understanding of Philo's different attitudes towards literary and philosophical mythology.

Author: Francesca Alesse

Publisher: Studies in Philo of Alexandria

ISBN: 9004411607

Category: Religion

Page: 291

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In Philo of Alexandria and Greek Myth: Narratives, Allegories, and Arguments, a fresh and more complete image of Philo of Alexandria as a careful reader, interpreter, and critic of Greek literature is offered. Greek mythology plays a significant role in Philo of Alexandria's exegetical oeuvre. Philo explicitly adopts or subtly evokes narratives, episodes and figures from Greek mythology as symbols whose didactic function we need to unravel, exactly as the hidden teaching of Moses' narration has to be revealed by interpreters of Bible. By analyzing specific mythologems and narrative cycles, the contributions to this volume pave the way to a better understanding of Philo's different attitudes towards literary and philosophical mythology.
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Philo and the Church Fathers

Philo and the Church Fathers

The papers deal with various aspects of how Philo's writings and thought were received at the hands of the Church Fathers.

Author: Douwe (David) Runia

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004312999

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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A collection of papers designed as a companion volume to the author's monograph Philo in Early Christian Literature: A Survey (1993). The papers deal with various aspects of how Philo's writings and thought were received at the hands of the Church Fathers.
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Delphi Complete Works of Philo of Alexandria Illustrated

Delphi Complete Works of Philo of Alexandria  Illustrated

This comprehensive eBook presents Philo’s complete extant works, with relevant illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Illustrated with images relating to Philo's life and works * ...

Author: Philo Judaeus of Alexandria

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 9781786563866

Category: Philosophy

Page: 3388

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Philo of Alexandria was a Greek-speaking Jewish philosopher, who is now recognised as the most important representative of Hellenistic Judaism. His writings provide a concise view of the development of Judaism in the Diaspora. His essays seek to synthesise revealed faith and philosophic reason, and Philo is also regarded by Christians as a forerunner of Christian theology. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents Philo’s complete extant works, with relevant illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Illustrated with images relating to Philo's life and works * Features the complete extant works of Philo, in both English translation and the original Greek * Includes Charles Duke Yonge’s translations of Philo’s works * Excellent formatting of the texts * Easily locate the texts you want to read with individual contents tables * Includes Philo's rare fragments * Features two bonus biographies, including Bentwich’s seminal study on Philo – discover the author’s ancient world * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to explore our range of Ancient Classics titles or buy the entire series as a Super Set CONTENTS: The Translations PREFACE TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION OF YONGE’S TRANSLATION ON THE CREATION ALLEGORICAL INTERPRETATION, I ALLEGORICAL INTERPRETATION, II ALLEGORICAL INTERPRETATION, III ON THE CHERUBIM ON THE BIRTH OF ABEL WORSE IS WONT TO ATTACK BETTER ON THE POSTERITY OF CAIN AND HIS EXILE ON THE GIANTS ON THE UNCHANGABLENESS OF GOD ON HUSBANDRY CONCERNING NOAH’S WORK AS A PLANTER ON DRUNKENNESS ON SOBRIETY ON THE CONFUSION OF TONGUES ON THE MIGRATION OF ABRAHAM WHO IS THE HEIR OF DIVINE THINGS? ON MATING ON FLIGHT AND FINDING ON THE CHANGE OF NAMES ON DREAMS ON ABRAHAM ON JOSEPH ON THE LIFE OF MOSES, I ON THE LIFE OF MOSES, II THE DECALOGUE THE SPECIAL LAWS, I THE SPECIAL LAWS, II THE SPECIAL LAWS, III THE SPECIAL LAWS, IV ON THE VIRTUES ON REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS EVERY GOOD MAN IS FREE ON THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE ON THE ETERNITY OF THE WORLD FLACCUS HYPOTHETICA: APOLOGY FOR THE JEWS ON PROVIDENCE: FRAGMENT I ON PROVIDENCE: FRAGMENT II ON THE EMBASSY TO GAIUS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON GENESIS, I QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON GENESIS, II QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON GENESIS, III APPENDIX 1: CONCERNING THE WORLD APPENDIX 2: FRAGMENTS The Greek Texts LIST OF GREEK TEXTS The Biographies PHILO-JUDÆUS OF ALEXANDRIA by Norman Bentwich PHILO JUDÆUS by Emile Bréhier Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles
Categories: Philosophy