Ancient Philosophy and Early Christianity

Studies in Honor of Johan C. Thom


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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.

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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.
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