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The Creation of Man: Philo and the History of Interpretation

Thomas H. Tobin

This monograph, a revised form of a 1980 Harvard dissertation, is a study of Philo's interpretation of the creation of man in Genesis 1-3, and specifically in 1:27 and 2:7. Tobin approaches this study with two particular questions: (1) what were the exegetical traditions available to Philo and what were Philo's own developments and contributions?; and (2) what was the philosophical milieu of the period in Alexandria and how did this influence both the traditions and their use by Philo? Very early in the book Tobin establishes the two basic criteria which he will use in determining which interpretations are Philo's own and which are those of his predecessors. Pre-Philonic interpretations are (1) those which Philo tells us directly are not his own; and (2) those which clash with a position which spans the entire Philonic corpus and thus can be identified as Philo's own.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Pickwick Publications
  • Publish Date: Dec 7th, 2023
  • Pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.44in - 0.63lb
  • EAN: 9781666786224
  • Categories: Biblical Studies - Exegesis & HermeneuticsBiblical Criticism & Interpretation - General

About the Author

Tobin, Thomas H.: - Thomas H. Tobin, SJ, is a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and a Full Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Loyola University of Chicago. He has a LittB (Classical Languages and English Literature, 1967) from Xavier University in Cincinnati; a MA (Theology, 1973) from Loyola University of Chicago; and a PhD (New Testament and Christian Origins, 1980) from Harvard University. He also studied rabbinic literature for a year (1976-77) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been teaching at Loyola University of Chicago since 1980. He is the author of four books: The Creation of Man: Philo and the History of Interpretation; Timaios of Locri, On the Nature of the World and the Soul; The Spirituality of Paul, and Rhetoric in Context: The Argument of Paul's Letter to the Romans. With Harold Attridge and John J. Collins, he is the editor of a fourth book: Of Scribes and Scrolls: Essays in Honor of the Sixtieth Birthday of John Strugnell. He is presently working on a two-volume commentary on three treatises of the Jewish biblical interpreter Philo of Alexandria. He has also written a number of scholarly articles in the areas of the New Testament (especially on Paul and the Gospel of John) and of Hellenistic Judaism. He has been a member of the editorial boards of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Journal of Biblical Literature, and New Testament Studies. At present he a member of the editorial boards of The Studia Philonica Annual, The Studia Philonica Monograph Series, and the new Commentary Series on Philo of Alexandria.
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