Brill is publishing a new commentary on Philo’s De Agricultura (I’m not sure if there ever has been a commentary on this text before, at least not in English):
Albert C. Geljon and David T. Runia,
Philo of Alexandria, De Agricultura
Introduction, Translation and Commentary
Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series Vol 4.
Leiden, Brill 2012 (Nov).Approx. 305 pp.
Hopefully, it will be out and available at the SBL Annual Meeting at the end of this week.
Bring some extra money (!), it’s not cheap: €112.00 //$156.00.
The publisher presents the volume thus:”The present volume contains the first translation and commentary in English on his treatise De agricultura (On cultivation), which gives an elaborate allegorical interpretation of Genesis 9:20. Noah’s role as a cultivator is analysed in terms of the ethical and spiritual quest of the soul making progress towards its goal. The translation renders Philo’s baroque Greek into readable modern English. The commentary pays particular attention to the treatise’s structure, its biblical basis and its exegetical and philosophical contents. The volume will be valuable for the insights it gives into an unusual but highly influential method of biblical interpretation.”
Due to the fact that Sarah Pearce is not able to attend the SBL Annual Meeting this year, there will be a slight change in the Philo session on Sunday morning:
S18-137 Philo of Alexandria
11/18/2012 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Room: S103d – McCormick Place
Theme: Philo’s Graeco-Roman Readers
The aim of this panel is to open up new evidence or revisit old questions about who read and made use of Philo’s writings in the past.
Torrey Seland, School of Mission and Theology, Norway, Presiding
James R. Royse, Claremont, CA
Did Philo Publish His Works? (25 min)
Gregory Sterling, University of Notre Dame
“A Man of the highest Repute”: Did Josephus know the Works of Philo of Alexandria? (25 min)
Frederick E. Brenk, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
Philo and Plutarch on the Nature of God (25 min)
Break (15 min)
Jennifer Otto, McGill University
Philo, Judaeus? A re-evaluation of why Clement calls Philo “the Pythagorean” (25 min)
Gretchen Reydams-Schils, University of Notre Dame
Calcidius, Philo, and Origen (25 min)
Discussion (25 min)