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Reincarnation in Philo of Alexandria
Yli-Karjanmaa, Sami

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. xvi + 309. $42.95

Series Information
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

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Review by Justin M. Rogers
Published 12/1/2016
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
Published 7/6/2017
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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