Philodemus and the New Testament world [electronic resource]

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John Thomas Fitzgerald, Dirk D. Obbink, Glenn Stanfield Holland
BRILL, 2004 - Religion - 432 pages
The fifteen essays in this volume, rooted in the work of the Hellenistic Moral Philosophy and Early Christianity Section of the SBL, examine the works of Philodemus and how they illuminate the cultural context of early Christianity. Born in Gadara in Syria, Philodemus (ca. 110-40 BCE) was active in Italy as an Epicurean philosopher and poet. This volume comprises three parts; the first deals with Philodemus' works in their own terms, the second situates his thought within its larger Greco-Roman context, and the third explores the implications of his work for understanding the earliest Christians, especially Paul. It will be useful to all readers interested in Hellenistic philosophy and rhetoric as well as Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity.
 

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Contents

PART
13
Philodemus on the Plain Speaking of the Other
55
Craft Cult and Canon in the Books from Herculaneum
73
DAvid SIDER
79
Philodemus Epigrams
85
MICHAEL WHITE
103
Elizabeth ASMIs
133
BALCH
177
PAMELA GoRDON
221
GLENN S Holland
245
BENJAMIN FIORE
271
J PAUL SAMPLEY
295
BRUCE W WINTER
323
John T FitzGERALD
343
Index of Ancient Authors and Texts
399
Index of Modern Scholars
426

Robert N GAINEs
197

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John T. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. (1984) in New Testament, Yale University, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami and co-editor of "Early Christianity and Classical Culture" (Brill, 2003). Dirk Obbink, Ph.D. (1987), Stanford University, is Fellow and Tutor in Greek at Christ Church, Oxford, a 2001 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, editor of the critical edition of Philodemus "On Piety" (Oxford, 1996), and a General Editor of The Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Glenn S. Holland, Ph.D. (1986) in New Testament, University of Chicago, is Thoburn Professor of Religious Studies at Allegheny College and author of "Divine Irony" (Susquehanna University Press, 2000).