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Philo of Alexandria : a thinker in the Jewish diaspora

Author: Mireille Hadas-Lebel; Robyn Fréchet
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012, ©2012.
Series: Studies in Philo of Alexandria, 7.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Philo (20BCE?-45CE?) is the most illustrious son of Alexandrian Jewry and the first major scholar to combine a deep Jewish learning with Greek philosophy. His unique allegorical exegesis of the Greek Bible was to have a profound influence on the early fathers of the Church. Philo was, above all, a philosopher, but he was also intensely practical in his defence of the Jewish faith and law in general, and that of  Read more...
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Named Person: Philo, of Alexandria.; Philo, of Alexandria.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mireille Hadas-Lebel; Robyn Fréchet
ISBN: 9789004209480 9004209484 9789004232372 9004232370
OCLC Number: 793494064
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xvi, 241 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: I Alexandria "on the Edge" of Egypt 1 --
Alexandria Yesterday, Alexandria Today 1 --
The City of Alexander 4 --
A Founder of Great Eminence 4 --
A New Brand of Urbanism 6 --
The Lighthouse and the Ports 8 --
At the Heart of Hellenistic Civilisation 11 --
The Museum 11 --
The Library 13 --
The Gymnasium 15 --
Places of Entertainment 15? --
Population and Districts of Alexandria 16 --
Alexandrian Syncretism 17 --
The Greek Temples 17 --
Isis and Sarapis 17 --
The Syncretism of the Necropolis 19 --
From Royal Cult to Imperial Cult 20 --
How Egypt Became Roman 21 --
II Being Jewish in Alexandria in Philo's Day 27 --
A Distinguished Family 27 --
Between "Metropolis" and "Fatherland": The Diaspora 31 --
"If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem" 35 --
Between Greeks and Egyptians 40 --
Proselytes and Renegades 45 --
A Fragile Minority 48 --
III Philo's Cultural World 53 --
Hellenised Jews 53 --
Philo's Education 54 --
Greek or Hebrew? 58 --
The Septuagint Translation 59 --
Philo and the Miracle of the Greek Bible 63 --
Jew and Greek: "The Judaeo-Hellenistic Symbiosis" and its Limits 66 --
IV Amid Political Turmoil 69 --
Early Warning Signals 70 --
When the Mob Seizes Power 71 --
Confronting the Tyrant 78 --
V Judaism According to Philo: Practice and Ethics 91 --
Exterior Criteria for the Jewish Identity 92 --
Circumcision 95 --
The Dietary Laws 97 --
The Sabbath 99 --
Passover in Egypt 104 --
The Two Other Feasts of Pilgrimage 107 --
The Great Fast 109 --
The Universalist Interpretation 112 --
VI The Biblical Commentary 117 --
Philo's Treatises and the Bible 117 --
On the Necessity of Exegesis 122 --
The Bible of Philo 124 --
Questions and Answers 127 --
The Creation of the World 1 128 --
Man, Woman and the Serpent 131 --
The Problem of Evil: Cain and Abel 132 --
The Models in Humanity 133 --
The First Triad and Noah 133 --
The Second Triad and Abraham 135 --
From Joseph to Moses: The Ideal Leader 139 --
The Decalogue and the Laws of Moses 145 --
The Exegetical Invention of Philo 149 --
The Variety of Ways 149 --
"God is not Like Man" 151 --
Are there Myths in the Bible? 152 --
Philo and the Midrash 154 --
VII Philo and Philosophy 159 --
Contemplation and Philosophy 159 --
Philo and the Greek Philosophical Schools 161 --
When Philo "Platonises" l64 --
"Everything is Number" (Pythagoras) 165 --
Philo, a Stoic? l69 --
Barbarian Wisdoms: Essenes and Therapeutes 171 --
Is Philo a Philosopher? 175 --
The "True" Philosophy 177 --
VIII Philo's Doctrine 181 --
God, Logos and Powers 181 --
Law of Nature, Law of Moses 188 --
"Migration" and Spiritual Progress 190 --
Political Theory: In Praise of Democracy 192 --
The Destiny of the Soul 196 --
The Sojourner on Earth 199 --
IX Philo, 'Father of the Church Honoris Causa' 201 --
Philo and the Beginnings of Christianity 201 --
The Septuagint, an Inspired Text 204 --
Philo and the Development of Christianity in Alexandria 206 --
Philo in Caesarea 210 --
Ambrose me "Latin Philo" 213 --
Philo as a "Christian Source": From Translations to Printed Editions 214 --
Philo Judaeus 218 --
Conclusion: The Philonic Heritage 221.
Series Title: Studies in Philo of Alexandria, 7.
Other Titles: Philon d'Alexandrie.
Responsibility: by Mireille Hadas-Lebel ; translated by Robyn Fréchet.

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