Reincarnation in Philo of Alexandria
Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. xvi + 309. $42.95
Studia Philonica Monographs, 7
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Description: The strong element of Greek philosophy in Philo's thought has been recognized since antiquity, but his relation to the Pythagorean-Platonic tenet of reincarnation has been a neglected, even avoided, topic in research. This book confirms the view common in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries that Philo accepted the doctrine of reincarnation even though he preferred not to speak openly about it. The book shows how allegorization enabled Philo to give a reincarnational interpretation to very different scriptural passages.
Subjects: Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches
Review by Justin M. Rogers
Citation: Justin M. Rogers, review of Sami Yli-Karjanmaa, Reincarnation in Philo of Alexandria, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
Review by Gregory E. Sterling
Citation: Gregory E. Sterling, review of Sami Yli-Karjanmaa, Reincarnation in Philo of Alexandria, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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