Brill is publishing a new book on Philo of Alexandria, this late fall, edited by Francesca Alesse:
Philo of Alexandria and Greek Myth:Narratives, Allegories, and Arguments
Series: Studies of Philo of Alexandria Vol 10
Brill (to be published October 2019). E-Book List price EUR €116.00 USD$140.00
“In Philo of Alexandria and Greek Myth: Narratives, Allegories, and Arguments, a fresh and more complete image of Philo of Alexandria as a careful reader, interpreter, and critic of Greek literature is offered. Greek mythology plays a significant role in Philo of Alexandria’s exegetical oeuvre. Philo explicitly adopts or subtly evokes narratives, episodes, and figures from Greek mythology as symbols whose didactic function we need to unravel, exactly as the hidden teaching of Moses’ narration has to be revealed by interpreters of Bible. By analyzing specific mythologems and narrative cycles, the contributions to this volume pave the way to a better understanding of Philo’s different attitudes towards literary and philosophical mythology.”
Preface by Francesca Alesse
Part 1: Philo of Alexandria and Myth-Telling
1 Philo’s Refashioning of Greek Myth
Erich S. Gruen
2 Philo’s Reception of Greek Mythology
3 Histoires grecques, récits bibliques. la lecture des mythes chez Philon d’Alexandrie
4 Polytheos doxa and Mythologein: Philo of Alexandria as a “Historian of Religions”
Giulia Sfameni Gasparro
5 Philo’s Struggle with Jewish Myth
Part 2: Gods, Heroes, and some Monsters
6 The God of the Philosophers, and the God of Israel
7 Philo of Alexandria on Greek Heroes
Pura Nieto Hernández
8 Heracles and Philo of Alexandria: The Son of Zeus between Torah and Philosophy, Empire and Stage
Courtney J. P. Friesen
9 The Greek Character of Philo’s Biblical Giants: A Reading of QG 2.82
10 Homer in Philo: Scylla’s Myth in Philonic Philosophical Context
11 Les « plaies » d’Empédocle et la mythologie infernale chez Philon d’Alexandrie
Die Nichtigkeit des Menschen und die Übermacht Gottes: Studien zur Gottes- und Selbsterkenntnis bei Paulus, Philo und in der Stoa
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 377
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017. Pp. xiv + 473, Hardcover, $254.00, ISBN 9783161550089.
Review by Justin Rogers herehttps://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=12266.
Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus. A Study of Their Secular Education and Educational Ideals
(Studies in Philo of Alexandria, Volume 9) Leiden; Brill, 2019.
The Finnish scholar Erkki Koskenniemi is having a new book on Philo (and Josephus) published this year.
The contents are given thus: Preface
1 Introduction 1 The Task of the Study 2 A Brief History of the Research 3 The Outline of Graeco-Roman Education 4 A More Precise Definition of the Task
2 Philo: Offspring from Sarah and Hagar 1 Introduction 2 Philo and Greek Writers 3 Philo’s Educational Ideals and His Own Witness 4 Jews and the Secular Education in Alexandria 5 Conclusion
3 Josephus: It Is Difficult to Transplant an Old Tree 1 Introduction 2 Josephus and Greek Writers 3 Greek Language and Classical Education in Jerusalem 4 Josephus’ Own Witness and the Quality of His Greek 5 Conclusion
I think it will be interesting to see what he writes about ‘Education,’ his contribution in Reading Philo, on ‘Philo and Classical Education’ has been very well received in several reviews of that book. I presume he will elaborate on this article in his new book.
Seminar to be held in honor of Professor dr. theol. Karl Olav Sandnes on his 65th birthday at Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Oslo
Tuesday, Jan 22. 2019:
The topic for the day: The Gospel in the Graeco-Roman World
10.30–11.00 Professor Reidar Hvalvik (MF):
Karl Olav Sandnes – A Presentation
11.00–11.45 Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University John M. G. Barclay:
Early Christianity, Mission and the Survival of the Poor in the Graeco-Roman World
11.45–12.45 Lunch in the cantina to be bought
12.45–13.30 Rev. Christine Henriksen Aarflot, Ph.D. (Oslo):
Greek Myth as Gospel: Reading C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces
13.30–14.00 Coffee/tea served
14.00–14.45 Associate Professor Glenn Ø. Wehus (MF):
The Gospel according to Epictetus
14.45–15.00 Final thanks
The 2018 issue of The Studia Philonica Annual XXX 2018 arrived in my snail mailbox just as the SBL Annual Meeting was going on in Denver.
As usual – it contains a lot of relevant material for those interested in Philo of Alexandria and Hellenistic Judaism.
In this volume, you will find the following articles:
- Royse, James R. “Fragments of Philo of Alexandria Preserved in Pseudo-Eustathius.” pp. 1–14.
- Cover, Michael B. “A New Fragment of Philo’s Quaestiones in Exodum in Origen’s Newly Discovered Homilies on the Psalms? A Preliminary Note.” pp. 15–29.
- Sterling, Gregory E. “Philo of Alexandria’s Life of Moses: An Introduction to the Exposition of the Law.” pp. 31–45.
- Adams, Sean A. “Movement and Travel in Pilo’s Migration of Abraham: The Adaptation of Genesis and the Introduction of Metaphor.” pp. 47–70.
- Hartog, P.B. “Space and Travel in Philo’s Legatio Ad Gaium.” pp. 71–92.
- Appelbaum, Alan. “A Fresh Look at Philo’s Family.” pp. 93–113.
In addition, of course, there also is the usual Bibliographic Section, pp. 115-181, and the Book Review Section, pp. 183-217. And finally some News and Notes, and Notes on contributors.
This issue represents the 18th time I have contributed to the Bibliographic Section, and I have asked the editors to find some successor. I am always looking forward to the publication of this annual, and I will continue to do so. No scholar interested in Philo should go without this.
UPDATE: All the papers for the Philo Seminars have now been posted, and are uploaded on the server: go to http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers/
A new book is about to be published, written by Erkki Koskenniemi:
Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus
A Study of Their Secular Education and Educational Ideals
Series: Studies in Philo of Alexandria, Volume: 9
Leiden; Brill, 2018.
The advertisement has just ‘popped up’ on the Brill site, and it runs thus:
“In Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus Erkki Koskenniemi investigates how two Jewish writers, Philo and Josephus, quoted, mentioned and referred to Greek writers and philosophers. He asks what this tells us about their Greek education, their contacts with Classical culture in general, and about the societies in which Philo and Josephus lived. Although Philo in Alexandria and Josephus in Jerusalem both had the possibility to acquire a thorough knowledge of Greek language and culture, they show very different attitudes. Philo, who was probably educated in the gymnasium, often and enthusiastically refers to Greek poets and philosophers. Josephus on the other hand rarely quotes from their works, giving evidence of a more traditionalistic tendencies among Jewish nobility in Jerusalem.”
Price; as expected; (too) expensive: EUR €138.00USD $166.00, but tell your institution’s library to get it!