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A new article is published in a Journal of which I have not, alas, access to, but here is some info about it:
Geert Roskam, ‘Philo of Alexandria on the Twelve Olympian Gods,’ Classical World, 112,3 (2019) pp. 169-192.
Publishers Abstract: “The importance of pagan philosophy and literature for Philo’s thinking has long been acknowledged. What is less studied, however, is his attitude towards the individual gods of the Greek pantheon, and this is the topic of the present article. After a brief discussion of Philo’s critical stance towards Greek polytheism in general, a first survey of relevant material is provided that already allows for a few provisional conclusions. This is followed by a more detailed analysis of the argumentative strategies which Philo uses while dealing with the Olympian gods. This analysis shows that Philo adopted a quite sophisticated and strategic position towards the Olympians: while there can be little doubt about his negative view, he as a rule avoids straightforward criticism of particular gods and prefers to either ignore them or cleverly reorient them towards his own Scriptural perspective.”
At the 74th General Meeting of the Society for New Testament Studies, 30 July – 2 August in Marburg, there will also be a Philo and the New Testament Seminar. This will be its second year and will be lead by Profs. Per Jarle Bekken and Greg. E. Sterling.
The program consists of three sessions, each dealing with a particular topic thus:
Wednesday July 31st:
Florian Wilk (Germany), ‘Einflüsse von oder Parallelen zu philonischem Denken im ersten Korintherbrief des Paulus?’ Respondent: Gottfried Schimanowski (Germany)
Thursday August 1st:
Athanasios Despotis (Germany), ‘Aspects of Cultural Hybridity in Philo’s Apophatic Anthropology and a Short Excursus on John’ .
Respondent: Paul Anderson (USA)
Friday August 2nd:
Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr (Germany), ‘Der Philosoph Hans Leisegang als Philon-Forscher’.
Respondent: Gregory E. Sterling (USA)
For several weeks (read: months..) I have been in process of moving from Drammen (close to Oslo) to a place in the southern part of Norway, called Kvinesdal. What a terrible load of planning, packing, transporting, unloading, unpacking, relocate, finding the stuff I need in all the boxes.
Who can keep up with what Philo studies are published in such circumstances? Not me. But here are some stuff I discovered recently via the Brill web site.
Intolerance, Polemics, and Debate in Antiquity
Politico-Cultural, Philosophical, and Religious Forms of Critical Conversation
Themes in Biblical Narrative Volume: 25
Editors: George H. van Kooten and Jacques van Ruiten
Intolerance, Polemics, and Debate in Antiquity;scholars reflect on politico-cultural, philosophical, and religious forms of critical conversation in the ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, Graeco-Roman, and early-Islamic world.
This volume, which is to be published in October 2019 (at the most terrible price of EUR €239.00, USD$287.00) contains the following study directly related to Philo:
7 Contesting Oikoumenē: Resistance and Locality in Philo’s Legatio ad Gaium, by Pieter B. Hartog .
Sōtēria: Salvation in Early Christianity and Antiquity
Festschrift in Honour of Cilliers Breytenbach on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday
Novum Testamentum, Supplements, Volume: 175
Editors: David du Toit, Christine Gerber and Christiane Zimmermann. E-Book List price EUR €199.00USD $239.00
“In Sōtēria: Salvation in Early Christianity and Antiquity, an international team of scholars assembles to honour the distinguished academic career of New Testament scholar Cilliers Breytenbach. Colleagues and friends consider in which manner concepts of salvation were constructed in early Christianity and its Jewish and Graeco-Roman contexts.”
This volume contains the following study related to Philo:
Gert J. Steyn, ‘The “Source of Salvation” (αἴτιος σωτηρίας) by Philo of Alexandria and in Ad Hebraios’, (Pages: 441–459).
Jennifer Otto, Philo of Alexandria and the construction of Jewishness in early Christian writings (Oxford Early Christian Studies.) Pp. xii + 231. Oxford–New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. £65.
See Review in Journal of Ecclestiastical History 70 (2019). 573-575.
Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Themes in Biblical Narrative, Volume: 23
Editors: Eric F. Mason and Edmondo F. Lupieri
“These seventeen studies in Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam explore the biblical origins of the golden calf story in Exodus, Deuteronomy, and 1 Kings, as well as its reception in a variety of sources: Hebrew Scriptures (Hosea, Jeremiah, Psalms, Nehemiah), Second Temple Judaism (Animal Apocalypse, Pseudo-Philo, Philo, Josephus), rabbinic Judaism, the New Testament (Acts, Paul, Hebrews, Revelation) and early Christianity (among Greek, Latin, and Syriac writers), as well as the Qur’an and Islamic literature.”
Published: 16 October 2018. E-Book List price EUR €156.00. USD $188.00
One chapter is related to Philo: Thomas H. Tobin, ‘Philo of Alexandria’s Interpretations of the Episode of the Golden Calf,’ pages: 73–86
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.
Philo of Alexandria (a.k.a. Philo Judaeus, ca. 15 BCE–50 CE) was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher. His extensive corpus is an important source of early Jewish biblical interpretations. SBLHS §8.3.6 includes guidelines for citing the works of Philo. The link below updates those guidelines.
A review of a recent book on the use of Scripture in 1 Peter is posted today on Bookreviews.org:
Patrick T. Egan
Ecclesiology and the Scriptural Narrative of 1 Peter
Reviewed by Torrey Seland
This volume represents the publication of a PhD dissertation written at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. The goal of the work is to carry out a study of the role of Isaiah in 1 Peter. As it is stated in the introduction, over half of the quotations in 1 Peter are taken from Isaiah. In addition, Egan suggests, the use of the quotations and allusions from 1 Peter are important for understanding the ecclesiology of 1 Peter. Egan’s thesis runs as follows: “the ecclesiology of First Peter draws upon the narrative of the restoration of divine presence among his people presently experiencing suffering, which is informed largely by the themes and images of the Isaianic corpus, so that the church is identified as participants in this scriptural narrative through its participation in Christ, who is understood to be the Messiah of the scriptures” .
Brian J. Wright, Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus: A Window into Early Christian Reading Practices Hardcover – December 1, 2017. Fortress Press.
Much of the contemporary discussion of the Jesus tradition has focused on aspects of oral performance, storytelling, and social memory, on the premise that the practice of communal reading of written texts was a phenomenon documented no earlier than the second century CE. Brian J. Wright overturns that premise by examining evidence that demonstrates communal reading events in the first century. Wright disproves the simplistic notion that only a small segment of society in certain urban areas could have been involved in such communal reading events during the first century; rather, communal reading permeated a complex, multifaceted cultural field in which early Christians, Philo, and many others participated. His study thus pushes the academic conversation back by at least a century and raises important new questions regarding the formation of the Jesus tradition, the contours of book culture in early Christianity, and factors shaping the transmission of the text of the New Testament. These fresh insights have the potential to inform historical reconstructions of the nature of the earliest churches as well as the story of canon formation and textual transmission.