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In the treatise On the Change of Names (part of his magnum opus, the Allegorical Commentary), Philo of Alexandria brings his figurative exegesis of the Abraham cycle to its fruition. Taking a cue from Platonist interpreters of Homer’s Odyssey, Philo reads Moses’s story of Abraham as an account of the soul’s progress and perfection. Responding to contemporary critics, who mocked Genesis 17 as uninspired, Philo finds instead a hidden philosophical reflection on the ineffability of the transcendent God, the transformation of souls which recognize their mortal nothingness, the possibility of human faith enabled by peerless faithfulness of God, and the fruit of moral perfection: joy divine, prefigured in the birth of Isaac.
Exegese von Phil 3 vor dem Hintergrund der stoischen Philosophie und der patristischen Rezeption
This volume explores the writings of Paul, Seneca, and Clement of Alexandria, providing a fresh outlook on conformity with Christ's death as illustrated in Phil 3:10. It examines Paul's concept of meditatio mortis and brings it into discussion with the Stoic tradition of Seneca in the 'West' and the theological insights of Clement of Alexandria in the 'East'. This endeavour enriches the scholarly discourse and enhances the understanding of the theological concepts within Philippians 3.

Die vorliegende Studie untersucht die Schriften von Paulus, Seneca und Clemens von Alexandrien und bietet einen neuen Blick auf die Gleichförmigkeit mit dem Tod Christi, wie sie in Phil 3,10 dargestellt wird. Im Fokus steht Paulus' Konzept der meditatio mortis, das mit der stoischen Tradition des Seneca im "Westen" und den theologischen Einsichten des Clemens von Alexandrien im "Osten" ins Gespräch gebracht wird. Dieses Bemühen fördert das Verständnis der theologischen Konzepte in Phil 3.
Discourses of Pistis in the Graeco-Roman World
The notion of faith experienced a remarkable surge in popularity among early Christians, with Paul as its pioneer. Yet what was the wider cultural significance of the pistis word group? This comprehensive work contextualizes Paul’s faith language within Graeco-Roman cultural discourses, highlighting its semantic multifariousness and philosophical potential. Based on an innovative combination of cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis, it explores ‘faith’ within social, political, religious, ethical, and cognitive contexts. While challenging modern individualist and irrational conceptualizations, this book shows how Paul uses pistis to creatively configure philosophical narratives of his age and propose Christ as its ultimate embodiment
In the post-Enlightenment world, philosophy and religion have come to occupy different, even opposed, domains. But how were they related before this? What were the commonalities and dissimilarities between them? Did they already contain the seeds of their later division – or do they still share enough in common to allow meaningful conversation between them?

This new Brill series “Ancient Philosophy & Religion” provides an interdisciplinary platform for monographs, edited volumes and commentaries on this issue. It is edited by two leading scholars in the fields it brings together, George Boys-Stones (Ancient Philosophy) and George van Kooten (New Testament Studies), and is supported by an editorial board whose members are known for their work in the area. It invites scholars of ancient philosophy, Classics, early Judaism, ancient Judaism, New Testament & early Christianity, and all other relevant fields, to showcase their research on ancient philosophy and religion and to contribute to the debate.

The series’ subject matter is symbolized by its icon, used by courtesy and permission of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens. It represents a dialogue between philosophers, as shown on one of the reliefs of the funeral sacrificial table (mensa) from the “House of Proclus” on the Southern slope of the Acropolis at Athens, excavated in 1955. Dating from 350-325 BC, the reliefs of the mensa depict, after the lamentation and the farewell, the posthumous encounter of the deceased with the philosophers (1950 NAM 90).

The editors very much welcome proposals for monographs, edited volumes and even commentaries on relevant texts.

In: Longing for Perfection in Late Antiquity
In: Longing for Perfection in Late Antiquity
In: Longing for Perfection in Late Antiquity
In: Longing for Perfection in Late Antiquity
In: Longing for Perfection in Late Antiquity
In: Longing for Perfection in Late Antiquity