Philo of Alexandria (20 BCE.--50 CE.) stood on the crossroads of historic background. Philo was once the 1st pioneer to combine Judaic idea with the Stoic, Platonic, and Pythagorean philosophical traditions. This Alexandrian Jewish thinker assembled the first actual philosophical, moral, mental, exegetical, and theological remark at the Torah. As his community’s such a lot prestigious Jewish chief, he defended Alexandrian Jews from the assaults of anti-Semites, and met with the capricious Roman Emperor Caligula, calling upon him to recognize the moral monotheistic ideals of the Jewish humans. As with Josephus, Philo bears witness to the world’s first protomodern and highbrow Jewish neighborhood of Alexandria, the cultural middle of overdue Antiquity. Reclaiming Philo as a Jewish exegete places him in corporation with different nice luminaries of Jewish heritage. Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel has meticulously culled from all of Philo’s exegetical comments, arranging them based on the biblical verses. He offers huge parallels from the corpus of rabbinical literature, Greek philosophy, and Christian theology in featuring how Philo impacted the good minds of past due Antiquity and beyond.
I do see the worth of getting Philo’s reviews at the Pentateuch obtainable during this form…all this can be performed to make Philo communicate to a modern studying audience.
Torrey Seland, Ph.D.
Review of Biblical Literature
Rabbi Samuel has performed a good provider to Philo and to trendy readers. In Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria: a primary Century Jewish Commentator, Philo’s old Torah statement turns into readable and significant, fascinating and contemporary
Rabbi Ari Kahn,
Bar Ilan college,
Author of Echoes of Eden
Philo of Alexandria used to be the main prolific author of Hellenistic Judaism within the early first century. but, his works have usually remained unknown, unread, inaccessible or vague to many Jewish and Christian readers. Rabbi Samuel’s new sequence, Philo of Alexandria: a primary Century Jewish Commentator “cuts to the chase” through conveying the deliberating Philo in a correct, down-to-earth demeanour that either student and layperson can simply grab and relish. greater via an abundance of cross-references and scholarly notes, this statement offers new perception and angles of a theological dialog valuable to someone intrigued via this first-century Jewish philosopher and exegete.
Dr. Marvin Wilson,
Author of Exploring Our Hebraic history:
A Christian Theology of Roots and Renewal
“This is a wonderful advent into the contemplating an important thinker… Rabbi Samuel bargains readers a biography of Philo and explains, with notes, what Philo is announcing, thereby making his ebook not just very informative yet very readable”
Rabbi Israel Drazin,
Author of Onkelos at the Torah:
Understanding the Biblical textual content
Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel is the son of a Holocaust survivor. He holds rabbinic ordinations from the Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch Yeshiva of 770 jap freeway, Brooklyn and holds a D. Min measure from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. he's an avid pupil of the Greek classics, Biblical and Talmudic scholarship, Jungian Psychology, Western Medieval Theology, sleek Philosophy, and twentieth century psychology. he's the writer of The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Theology of the being concerned God (1996), start and Rebirth via Genesis (2010), A Shepherd’s track: Psalm 23 and the Shepherd Metaphor In Jewish concept (2014), and Torah from Alexandria: Philo as a Biblical Commentator (Volumes, 1-3),(2014-2015)
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