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Author Niehoff, Maren.

Title Jewish exegesis and Homeric scholarship in Alexandria / Maren R. Niehoff.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 222 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Setting the stage -- pt. I. Early Jewish responses to Homeric scholarship. A conservative reaction to critical scholarship in the Letter of Aristeas -- Questions and answers in Aristotelian style : Demetrius' anonymous colleagues -- Aristobulus' questions and answers as a tool for philosophical instruction -- pt. II. Critical Homeric scholarship in the fragments of Philo's anonymous colleagues. Comparative mythology -- Historical perspectives on scripture -- Traces of text criticism among Alexandrian Jews -- pt. III. The inversion of Homeric scholarship by Philo. Literal methods of Homeric scholarship in Philo's Allegorical commentary -- Philo's Questions and answers as a manual of instruction -- Philo's Exposition of the law at a significant distance from Alexandrian scholarship.
Summary "Systematically reading Jewish exegesis in light of Homeric scholarship, this book argues that more than 2000 years ago Alexandrian Jews developed critical and literary methods of Bible interpretation which are still extremely relevant today. Maren Niehoff provides a detailed analysis of Alexandrian Bible interpretation, from the second century BCE through newly discovered fragments to the exegetical work done by Philo. Niehoff shows that Alexandrian Jews responded in a great variety of ways to the Homeric scholarship developed at the Museum. Some Jewish scholars used the methods of their Greek colleagues to investigate whether their Scripture contained myths shared by other nations, while others insisted that significant differences existed between Judaism and other cultures. This book is vital for any student of ancient Judaism, early Christianity and Hellenistic culture"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish.
Bible. Old Testament.
Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D.
Jewish learning and scholarship -- Egypt -- Alexandria -- History -- To 1500.
Jews -- Civilization -- Greek influences.
Alexandria (Egypt) -- Religion.
Chronological Term To 1500
Genre/Form History.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Niehoff, Maren. Jewish exegesis and Homeric scholarship in Alexandria. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011 9781107000728 (DLC) 2011004250 (OCoLC)671710113
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