Moses as ‘God’ in Philo

Eerdmans is publishing a Festschrift for Max Turner this summer:
The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology. Essays in Honor of Max Turner.
Edited by I. Howard Marshall, Volker Rabens and Cornelis Bennema.
Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mi., ISBN: 978-0-8028-6753-7. 387 Pages.
In the Editors preface they write, inter alia, “This is a Festschrift to celebrate Max Turner’s sixty-fifth birthday. . . . We felt that such a volume should be united by more than a common desire to honor Max. Two principal areas in which Max has worked focus on the work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, with the implications of this for the life of the church today. A volume that picks up these themes and uses Max’s work as the launching pad for further investigation of these topics would be of considerable value to students and scholars alike. We thus aimed to strike out in fresh directions rather than repeat what previous studies have done. As a result, this Festschrift contains contributions from Max’s colleagues at LST and the wider academy, as well as his former students (many of whom now belong to the latter category). It focuses on the areas of the Spirit and Christ, both in the New Testament and in aspects of Christian theology, with topics that are relevant for the church worldwide today.”

The main reason for mentioning it here in this blog, however, is the fact that it contains an article dealing specifically with Philo: Richard Bauckham, Moses as “God” in Philo of Alexandria: A Precedent for Christology?

Philo as a Polemist and a Political Apologist

Checking the webpage of the Danish scholar Per Bilde, I discovered that he has posted a copy of an article on Philo on as a Polemist and a Political Apologist, on his webpage.

The article concerned was first published in Danish as: Per Bilde, “Filon som polemiker og politisk apologet. En undersøgelse af de to historiske skrifter Mod Flaccus (In Flaccum) og Om delegationen til Gaius (De legationer ad Gaium), in: Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Jesper Hyldahl og Kåre Sigvalg Fuglseth (red.): Perspektiver på jødisk apologetik, København 2007, 155-179.

This was then translated into English and published as: P. Bilde, ‘Philo as a Polemist and a Political Apologist: an Investigation of his Two Historical Treatises Against Flaccus and The Embassy to Gaius,’ in G. Hinge and J. Krasilnikoff (edd.), Alexandria: a Cultural and Religious Melting Pot (Aarhus 2009) 97–114. It is this English version that is posted on his webpage.

You can read this article here:

Another study, not unrelated to Philo, and closely related to another of his published studies, is also available on one of his webpages:Die Caligula-Krise im jüdischen Palästina im Jahre 40-41 n. Chr.

This is closely related to his published study “Der Konflikt zwischen Gaius Caligula und den Juden über die Aufstellung einer Kaiserstatue im Tempel von Jerusalem”, i: Anne Lykke und Friedrich T. Schipper:  Kult und Macht. Religion und Herrschaft im syro-palæstinischen Raum. Studien zu ihrer Wechselbeziehung in hellenistisch-römischer Zeit. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2011, 9-48.