The extensive writings of the Jewish philosopher and exegete Philo of Alexandria (15 BCE to 50 CE) were preserved through the efforts of early Christians, who decided that these works could assist them in developing their own distinctive kind of thought. The papers deal with various aspects of the process of reception that Philo received at the hands of the Church Fathers. Authors who are given particular attention are Athenagoras, Clement, Origen, Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, Isidore of Pelusium, and Augustine. The papers also include a hitherto unpublished English translation of the author's inaugural lecture held at Utrecht in April 1992.
Students and scholars of Jewish and Patristic philosophy and exegesis, and of intellectual history will all appreciate the papers collected in this volume, as well as those interested in the history and transmission of ancient texts.
David T. Runia, D.Litt. (1983) Free University, Amsterdam, is Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Leiden and C.J. de Vogel Extraordinary Professor of Ancient Philosophy University of Utrecht. He has published extensively on Philo, including Philo of Alexandria and the Timaeus of Plato and Philo of Alexandria: an Annotated Bibliography. He has been editor of The Studia Philonica Annual since 1989.