Intro to 1 Peter

Several new book reviews are published today again on; I will not comment on all of them, just direct your attention to a brief introductory book on one of my favorite NT works,- 1 Peter:
David G. Horrell,
1 Peter.
Series: New Testament Guides
New York: T&T Clark, 2008 pp. vii + 126. $19.95

The volume is reviewed by Peter H. Davids, and he provides a very favourable review.

Book on Philo’s world

Gottfried Schimanowski
Juden und Nichtjuden in Alexandrien
Koexistenz und Konflikte bis zum Pogrom unter Trajan (117 n. Chr.)
Reihe: Münsteraner Judaistische Studien
Bd. 18, 2006, 288 S., 34.90 EUR, br., ISBN 3-8258-8507-0

This seems to be an interesting and needed book about co-existence and conflict in Alexandria. I have tried to buy it both via and its publisher, but for some reason they can not send it to Norway. If interested, you can have a look at its content at Google Books by clicking here.

The publishers presentation of the volume runs like this:
Dies ist die erste deutschsprachige Monographie über das alexandrinische Judentum, jenen Sitz “multikultureller” Aktivität und Gelehrsamkeit, dem die westliche Kultur bis heute so entscheidende Anstöße verdankt. Vom ersten Auftreten kurz nach der Gründung der Stadt (323 v.Chr.) an wird seine Geschichte verfolgt bis hin zum Untergang in einem förmlichen Bürgerkrieg 115 – 117 n.Chr.

Wieso ist es dieser weltoffenen, von ihrer Verfassung her griechischen Stadt nicht gelungen, ihre jüdischen Mitbewohner besser zu integrieren? – Die Konkurrenz um die Privilegien der “Griechen” der Stadt hat den Juden Feindschaft eingetragen, sowohl bei diesen selbst (als den einzigen vollberechtigten Bürgern) als auch bei den Ägyptern. Dagegen half auch keine Anlehnung an die – keineswegs beliebte – auswärtige Macht Rom, im Gegenteil.

Zur Illustration der singulären, durchaus verworrenen Rechtslage dient ein griechisch-deutscher Quellenanhang; er bietet die einschlägigen Inschriften und Papyri.”

Some more articles on Philo

A search made me aware of some more recent articles related to Philo, his works and conceptual world. They might be worthy of a closer study; hence here are the references:

Kovelman, Arkady,
‘Jeremiah 9:22-23 in Philo and Paul,’

Review of Rabbinic Judaism, Volume 10, Number 2, 2007 , pp. 162-175.

Geljon, A.C.
Philonic Elements in Didymus the Blind’s Exegesis of the Story of Cain and Abel
Vigiliae Christianae, Volume 61, Number 3, 2007 , pp. 282-312

“This article focuses on Philo’s influence on the interpretation of Cain and Abel given by Didymus the Blind in his Commentary on Genesis. Didymus refers a few times to Philo by name but more places can be detected in which Didymus makes use of Philo. Both Philo and Didymus see in Cain and Abel two different worldviews, which are opposed to each other. Cain is the wicked man, who does not respect God, whereas Abel is the virtuous man, who loves God. Philo bases his interpretation on the translation of Cain as possession and of Abel as referring to God. These translations are absent in Didymus. Philonic elements can be seen, for instance, in Abel as shepherding the senses and in Cain presented as a sophist. It is remarkable that Didymus does not interpret Abel as a type of Christ, as other church fathers do.”

Louth, Andrew
II. Philo”
The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition” January 2007 , pp. 17-35

“Philo was a devout Jew who defended the traditional customs of his faith. The bulk of his writings consist of commentaries on parts of the Pentateuch in the Septuagint version. He is important for two reasons. First, as a representative of Middle Platonism — the Stoicized form Platonism had taken from the beginning of the first century BC — which provides the intellectual background of many of the Fathers, and is the form in which the idea of the soul’s ascent to God is understood. Secondly, Philo is important in himself, for there is no doubt that his writings had a very considerable influence on the Alexandrian tradition in Greek patristic theology.”

Feldman, Louis H.
Moses the General and the Battle against Midian in Philo”
Jewish Studies Quarterly, Volume 14, Number 1, March 2007 , pp. 1-1