This volume celebrates the scholarship of Professor Johan C. Thom by tackling various important topics relevant for the study of the New Testament, such as the intellectual environment of early Christianity, especially Greek, Latin, and early Jewish texts, New Testament apocrypha and other early Christian writings, as well as Greek grammar. The authors offer fresh insights on philosophical texts and traditions, the cultural repertoire of early Christian literature, critical editions, linguistics and interpretation, and comparative analyses of ancient writings.
Gideon R. Kotzé, DTh (2011), Stellenbosch University, is research professor in the Focus Area Ancient Texts at the Faculty of Theology, North-West University. His most recent monograph is Images and Ideas of Debated Readings in the Book of Lamentations (Mohr Siebeck, 2020).
Philip R. Bosman, PhD (1996), University of Pretoria, is Professor of Classics in the Department of Ancient Studies, Stellenbosch University. His main interests are in Greek literature and philosophy, with recent articles on Plutarch’s Alexander, Julian on leadership, courts at Persepolis and the philosophical Heracles.
Contributors are Philip Bosman, Cilliers Breytenbach, Clive Chandler, Gabriele Cornelli, Annemarie de Villiers, Chris L. de Wet, David du Toit, John T. Fitzgerald, Rainer Hirsch-Luipold, Carl R. Holladay, David Konstan, Gideon R. Kotzé, Constantinos Macris, Jeremy Punt, Gretchen Reydams-Schils, Clare K. Rothschild, David Runia, Gregory E. Sterling, L. L. Welborn.
1 At the Borders of the New Testament Introduction to the Volume Gideon R. Kotzé and Philip R. Bosman
2 Popular or Religious? An Ongoing Discussion with Johan Thom’s Concept of Philosophy in Early Imperial Times Rainer Hirsch-Luipold
3 Did Ancient Philosophers Read Philo? Philo of Alexandria and Plotinus Gregory E. Sterling
4 Popular Philosophy and the Placita of Aëtius David T. Runia
5 Cynics in the Crosshairs The loci classici for the Anonymous Cynics of the Early Roman Empire Philip R. Bosman
6 The Oracular Theme in Plato’s Apology of Socrates Clive Chandler
7 Transatlantic Utopias Plato’s Republic and the Guarani Missions in South America Gabriele Cornelli
8 La lecture néoplatonicienne de la biographie de Pythagore par Jamblique Quatre exemples tirés de son traité Sur le mode de vie pythagoricien Constantinos Macris
9 John Chrysostom on Pythagoreanism Chris L. de Wet
10 When Horses Weep Animal Emotions and Human Suffering in the Aeneid Annemarie de Villiers
11 Taxation in the Early Greek World and the Ethics of Tax Compliance and Evasion in Early Greek Moral Thought John T. Fitzgerald
12 Did All First-Century Roads Lead to Rome? The Politics of Biblical (nt) Travels Jeremy Punt
13 Dionysius of Halicarnassus’s Roman Antiquities as a Comparative Text for Luke–Acts Carl R. Holladay
14 Writing the Sublime in a Destitute Time L.L. Welborn
15 Crucifying Desires—Desires Crucified On the Meaning of Two Crucifixion Metaphors (Seneca De vita beata 19.3; Gal 5:24) David du Toit
16 Which Seneca, Which Paul? The Pseudepigraphic Correspondence Gretchen Reydams-Schils
17 Miracles of the Young Jesus David Konstan
18 Acts of Timothy The Latin Tradition Clare K. Rothschild
19 Imperative Aspect in the Gospel according to Mark Performative Instruction through Direct Speech Cilliers Breytenbach
20 Johan Thom’s Contribution to Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Judaism Gideon R. Kotzé
Index of Authors Index of Subjects
Scholars and specialists interested in the cultural and intellectual environment of the New Testament and early Christianity, Hellenistic philosophy, the reception history of philosophical traditions, and comparative studies.