Philo and Paul Among the Sophists

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CUP Archive, Aug 28, 1997 - Religion - 289 pages
Dr Winter gathers all available evidence on the first-century sophistic movement from two major centres of learning in the East. Together with the writings of Philo and Paul, this provides the first discussion of all the protagonists and antagonists of this movement in Alexandria and Corinth. While both these contemporary Hellenistic Jews responded to the movement on the basis of the Old Testament, Philo was also indebted to Plato for his assessment and Paul filtered important Old Testament texts through the message of the crucified Messiah. This study provides important insights into the problems this elitist movement created for Diaspora Jews in Alexandria, and for Christians in Corinth. It also fills a crucial gap in our understanding of the rise of the Second Sophistic.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introduction to Part I
18
Dio and the Alexandrian sophistic leaders
40
Who are Philos sophists?
60
Philos critique of the Alexandrian sophistic tradition
83
Philo among the sophists
99
Introduction to Part II
114
Dio and Plutarch among the Corinthian sophists
126
Paul and sophistic conventions
145
Pauls critique of the Corinthian sophistic tradition
179
Paul among the Christian sophists
203
Conclusions
231
Appendix POxy 2190
245
Subject index
271
Author index
286
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