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Philo of Alexandria and the Construction of Jewishness in Early Christian Writings

Jennifer Otto

Abstract

Philo of Alexandria and the Construction of Jewishness in Early Christian Writings investigates portrayals of one particular Jew, the first-century philosopher and allegorical interpreter of the Bible, Philo of Alexandria, in the works of three prominent early Christian thinkers, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Eusebius. It argues that early Christian invocations of Philo are best understood not as attempts to claim an illustrious Jew for the Christian fold, but as examples of ongoing efforts to define the continuities and distinctive features of Christian beliefs and practices in relation ... More

Keywords: Philo of Alexandria, early Christianity, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Eusebius, early Judaism, Parting of The Ways, Roman Empire, Allegorical Interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198820727
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198820727.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Otto, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Lethbridge