The Jewish exegete and philosopher Philo of Alexandria has long been famous for his complex and spiritually rich allegorical treatises on the Greek Bible. The present volume presents first translation and commentary in English on his treatise De plantatione (On planting), following on the volume devoted to On cultivation published previously by the same two authors. Philo gives a virtuoso performance as allegorist, interpreting Noah’s planting of a vineyard in Genesis 9.20 first in theological and cosmological terms, then moving to the spiritual quest of both of advanced souls and those beginning their journey. The translation renders Philo’s baroque Greek into readable modern English. The commentary pays particular attention to the treatise’s structure, its biblical basis and its exegetical and philosophical contents.
Albert C. Geljon teaches classical languages at the Christelijk Gymnasium in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is the author of Philonic Exegesis in Gregory of Nyssa’s De vita Moysis (2002). Together with David T. Runia he previously published Philo of Alexandria On Cultivation in the same series (2013). David T. Runia is Professorial Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Professor in the Institute of Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University. He has published extensively on Philo of Alexandria and has been the editor of The Studia Philonica Annual since 1989.
Academic libraries and scholars in areas of Classics, Jewish Studies, Biblical Studies, Patristic Studies.