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Philo was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who left behind one of the richest bodies of work from antiquity, yet his personality and intellectual development have remained a riddle. Maren Niehoff presents the first biography of Philo, arguing that his trip to Rome in 38 CE was a turning point in his...

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Main Author: Niehoff, Maren (Author)
Corporate Author: JSTOR books.
Format: Online Book
Language:English
Published: New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press, [2018]
Series:Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
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505 0 |a 1. An intellectual biography of Philo? -- Part one. Philo as Ambassador and Author in Rome: -- 2. Philo's self-fashioning in the historical writings -- 3. Power, exile, and religion in the Roman empire -- 4. Roman philosophy and the Jews -- Part two. Philo's Exposition in a Roman Context: -- 5. Creation theology and monotheism -- 6. Character and history in the Lives of the biblical forefathers -- 7. Biblical ladies in Roman garb -- 8. Stoic ethics in the service of Jewish law -- Part three. Young Philo Among Alexandrian Jews: -- 9. Biblical commentary -- 10. A Platonic self -- 11. An utterly transcendent God and His logos -- 12. Stoicism: rejected, subverted, and advocated -- Epilogue: Philo at the crossroads of Judaism, Hellenism, and Christianity. 
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