At Yale University this Spring there will be a great Conference on Philo. he conference is entitled: “Philo’s Readers: Affinities, Reception, Transmission and Influence”, at Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center March 30-April 1, 2014.
The further announcement of this event runs thus: “Our conference will center around the Jewish philosophical exegete,
Philo. A member of the Jewish elite in early Roman Alexandria, Philo explored the meaning of Torah by uniting Second Temple interpretations and traditions with a Greek philosophical orientation. Philo’s interpretations, interpretive strategies, and philosophical explanations provide us with a glimpse into ancient Judaism, particularly the world of Alexandria in the first century CE. This conference will situate Philo in his geographical, philosophical, and ideological context, looking for affinities and precursors in other ancient texts. But Philo does not just offer a glimpse into the past. He also provided a framework and a collection of hermeneutical tools that would prove invaluable to future readers. This conference will thus examine Philo’s reception and influence, particularly among Jewish and Christian readers.”