Philo and Paul Among the Sophists
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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Introduction to Part I
Dio and the Alexandrian sophistic leaders
Who are Philos sophists?
Philos critique of the Alexandrian sophistic tradition
Philo among the sophists
Introduction to Part II
Dio and Plutarch among the Corinthian sophists
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