The Cambridge Companion to Philo
Kamesar, Adam, editor
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 pp. xv + 301. $29.99
Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
Description: The works of Philo of Alexandria, a slightly older contemporary of Jesus and Paul, constitute an essential source for the study of Judaism at the turn of the eras and the rise of Christianity. They are also of extreme importance for understanding the Greek philosophy of the time and help to explain the onset of new forms of spirituality that would dominate the following centuries. This handbook presents, in an unassuming format, an account of Philo's achievements. It contains a profile of his life and times, a systematic overview of his many writings, and survey chapters of the key features of his thought, as seen from the perspectives of Judaism and Greek philosophy. The volume concludes with a section devoted to Philo's influence and significance. Composed by an international team of experts, The Cambridge Companion to Philo gives readers a sense of the current state of scholarship and provides depth of vision in key areas of Philonic studies.
Subjects: Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period
Review by Gregory Sterling
Citation: Gregory Sterling, review of Adam Kamesar, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Philo, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
Review by Torrey Seland
Citation: Torrey Seland, review of Adam Kamesar, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Philo, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).
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