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Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays, 1959–2012, by Abraham J. Malherbe
Holladay, Carl R., John T. Fitzgerald, Gregory E. Sterling and James W. Thompson, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. xl + 1113. $329.00

Series Information
Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 150.1–2

Description: Rather than viewing the Graeco-Roman world as the “background” against which early Christian texts should be read, Abraham J. Malherbe saw the ancient Mediterranean world as a rich ecology of diverse intellectual traditions that interacted within specific social contexts. These essays, spanning over fifty years, illustrate Malherbe’s appreciation of the complexities of this ecology and what is required to explore philological and conceptual connections between early Christian writers, especially Paul and Athenagoras, and their literary counterparts who participated in the religious and philosophical discourse of the wider culture. Malherbe’s essays laid the groundwork for his magisterial commentary on the Thessalonian correspondence and launched the contemporary study of Hellenistic moral philosophy and early Christianity.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Historical Books, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Apocalyptic Literature, Daniel, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Luke, Johannine Literature, John, Pauline Epistles, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Philology, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Theological Approaches, Ethics, Ezekiel

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Review by Matthew V. Novenson
Published 6/26/2015
Citation: Matthew V. Novenson, review of Carl R. Holladay, John T. Fitzgerald, Gregory E. Sterling, and James W. Thompson, eds., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays, 1959–2012, by Abraham J. Malherbe, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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