Review of ‘Torah from Alexandria’ to come


Philonica et Neotestamentica

leviticus
The third volume of Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel on Torah from Alexandria: Philo as Biblical Commentator, is now out.

I am to write a review of this volume for SBL Book reviews; it will probably be printed late this year.

Publisher says:

“The third volume of Torah from Alexandria sets on display how Philo interpreted the role of the Temple, offerings, festivals, dietary practices, marital laws, and laws of purity. While Philo always remains firmly committed to the importance of the actual religious act, he consistently derives ethical lessons from these ritual practices, thus putting him alongside the great Jewish philosophers of history. Reading Philo alongside Rabbinic wisdom, Greek philosophy, Patristic writers, as well as Medieval and modern authors, breathes new life into the complexities of Leviticus and reinstates Philo’s importance as a biblical exegete…..”

“Rabbi Michael L. Samuel has meticulously culled from all of Philo’s exegetical comments, and arranged…

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