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Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Walter T Wilson (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2010) 9789004189072
Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Walter T Wilson (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2010) 9789004189072
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Title: Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Author: Wilson, Walter T (ed)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004189072

Volumes: 1; Pages: xx, 479

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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.ContentsGeneral Introduction to the Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series by Gregory E. Sterling, General editorPrefaceAbbreviationsIntroduction1. The place of the treatise in the Philonic corpus2. The place of the treatise in Philo's life3. The title and integrity of the treatise4. Analysis of the treatise's contents5. The character and aim of the treatise6. The Nachleben of the treatiseTranslationCommentaryBibliography1. Editions and Translations of De virtutibus2. Other Ancient Texts3. Modern Scholarly LiteratureIndices1. Index of biblical passages cited2. Index of Philonic texts cited3. Index of ancient texts cited4. Index of modern authors5. Index of subjects6. Index of Greek terms
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