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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Helpfully fills a gap between basic introductions and narrowly focused studies. With preeminent scholars as guides, readers learn much not only about Philo's works and world but also about the state of research in Philonic studies. This book will equip readers to enter into the conversation about why Philo is so significant for understanding ancient Judaism and early Christianity.
—Ronald R. Cox, Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University
Nine international experts on Philo introduce a new generation of scholars to his life and thought. . . . A thoroughly practical handbook.
—Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer, Department of Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen
Torrey Seland is professor emeritus of New Testament and former dean of studies at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway. His previous books include Strangers in the Light: Philonic Perspectives on Christian Identity in 1 Peter.