The Jewish exegete and philosopher Philo of Alexandria has long been famous for his allegorical treatises on the Greek Bible. 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.
Philo of Alexandria: On Cultivation
By Walter T. Wilson
In the treatise On Virtues, Philo of Alexandria demonstrates how Moses, the constitution he established, and the community that follows its laws embody certain moral ideals (courage, humanity, repentance, and nobility) that were widely admired in the Greco-Roman world.
Pieter W. van der Horst
This book presents a new English translation of and philological-historical commentary on Philo’s In Flaccum, the only document extant that deals with the anti-Jewish pogrom in Alexandria in 38 CE.
David T. Runia
This study is the first volume in the new Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series. It contains a new English translation of the Jewish philosopher’s famous treatise On the creation of the cosmos (the first for seventy years), and the first ever commentary in English.
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