Philo in Early Christian Literature: A Survey

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Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 1993 - Religion - 418 pages
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It is a remarkable fact that the writings of Philo, the Jew from Alexandria, were preserved because they were taken up in the Christian tradition. But the story of how this process of reception and appropriation took place has never been systematically research. In this book the author first examines how Philo's works are related to the New Testament and the earliest Chritian writing, and then how they were used by Greek and Latin church fathers up to 400 c.e., with special attention to the contributions of Clement, Origen, Didymus, Eusebius, Gregory of Nyssa, Ambrose, and Augustine. Philo in Early Christian Literature is a valuable guide to the state of scholarly research on a subject that has thus far been investigated in a rather piecemeal fashion.
 

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Contents

Philo Christianus
3
Introduction Aim and purpose of the survey
34
The State of Research General Perspectives
44
Philo and the New Testament
63
The Apostolic Fathers
87
The Apologists
94
Aristides
95
Justin Martyr
97
Exegetical themes
171
Philosophical and theological themes
174
Spiritual themes
178
Origen Philo and Judaism
180
In the Alexandrian tradition
184
The theology of Arius
189
Athanasius
194
Didymus the Blind
197

Athenagoras
105
Theophilus of Antioch
110
Irenaeus
116
Alexandria before Clement
119
Early documents
121
The Christian Gnostic teachers
123
Second century documents
127
Conclusion
130
Clement of Alexandria
132
Foundations
135
A recent study on the use of Philo in the Stromateis
137
Other writings
143
Other themes
145
an evaluative typology
150
Origen
157
Foundations
158
Biblical interpretation
163
Isidore of Pelusium
204
Continuations
209
Eusebius
212
Historical works
214
Apologetic and theological writings
222
The subsequent history of theEusebianTherapeutae
227
Philo and the Easter controversies
231
The Cappadocians and beyond
235
Beginnings in the West
275
Ambrose of Milan
291
Philo in other Latin authors
312
Conclusions and Prospects
335
References to Philo in Christian Literature
348
Bibliography
357
Indices
393
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