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“I think that the Philonic corpus is the single most important body of material from Second Temple Judaism for our understanding of the development of Christianity in the first and second centuries. . . . I am convinced, that the Philonic corpus helps us to understand the dynamics of early Christianity more adequately than any other corpus.”

from G.E. Sterling, ‘“Philo has not been used half enough”: The significance of Philo of Alexandria for the Study of the New Testament,’ in Perspectives in Religious Studies 30 (2003):252.

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2 Comments

  1. Frank McCoy says:

    Over 40 years ago, I intensely read Philo’s words for four years in order to learn how to think like a first century CE Jew. I assumed then, and still assume now, that we cannot discover the historical Jesus unless we learn how to think like first century CE Jews. Learning how to think this way has led me to posit that Th (at least the first edition of it) is early, with Matthew using Mk and Th as sources and Luke using Mk, Mt and Th as sources. It’s giving me something to work on in my retirement years.
    Frank McCoy, BA History, Univ of MN
    2036 E. Magnolia, St. Paul, MN 55119

    • Dr, McCoy,

      I am holding a copy of your work: “Earliest Christianity, Philo and the Therapeutae” (bound by Kinko’s April, 1988). Was this ever published. Or do you have published works about the Therapeutae? I am interested in the Essene/healer tradition. And the idea of what constitutes “Therapia” in the Greek tradition (and earlier) as river-run through the gnostic element of our spiritual/intellectual history

      Thank you for your reply,
      Kristen Eide-Tollefson
      Mythos Center
      Frontenac, MN 55026

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