In the treatise On Virtues (part of his so-called Exposition of the Law), Philo of Alexandria demonstrates how Moses, his laws, and the nation constituted by these laws each embody certain widely-discussed moral values, specifically, courage (andreia), humanity (philanthropia), repentance (metanoia), and nobility (eugeneia). Although it makes extensive use of material drawn from the Pentateuch, what the treatise provides is far more than a commentary on scripture. Rather, it contributes to a sophisticated apologetic reconstruction of Jewish origins, idealized according to the principles of both Greek philosophy and Roman political culture. Guided by such principles, Philo endeavors to establish the moral, legal, and social status of Judaism within the Greco-Roman world.
Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues
By Albert C. Geljon and David T. Runia
From antiquity to the present day Philo of Alexandria has been famous for his allegorical treatises on Genesis. This is the first translation and commentary on an allegorical work in the Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series.
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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