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The Philo Index: A Complete Greek Word Index to the Writings of Philo of Alexandria
Peder Borgen, Kåre Fuglseth, and Roald Skarsten

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Format: Hardcover, 382pp.
ISBN: 9004114777
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: November 1999

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Philo of Alexandria (20 B.C.E.–40 C.E.) is one of the most important representatives of Hellenistic Judaism. His writings provide the clearest view of the development of Judaism in the Diaspora and shed important light on New Testament backgrounds.

This new reference work is the first and only available index to all the Greek words in the writings of Philo, main fragments included. Designed specifically to aid with research on Philo, this lemmatized and computer-generated concordance lists each Greek word alphabetically, followed by an exhaustive listing of every occurrence of the term within Philo’s extensive corpus.

Based on the four major text editions of Philo’s writings—Cohn-Wendland (1896-1915), Colson (1941), Petit (1978), and Paramelle (1984)—this index facilitates word study by including contracted words and words with variant spellings in a single listing. It also notes supplementary lemmas and other grammatical variations in brackets after the primary entry.

A product of the Norwegian Philo Concordance Project begun in the late 1960s by Peder Borgen (University of Trondheim), with development assistance from Kåre Fuglseth (University of Trondheim) and Roald Skarsten (University of Bergen), The Philo Index is a must for research and academic libraries and will be indispensable for scholars and students of Philo.


This is an indispensable tool for anyone working on Philo or Judaeo-Greek of the period, and the inclusion of longer entries for many frequently occurring words will expand the range of possible uses for the Index, allowing for linguistic as well as thematic research to be undertaken with its aid.
—Review of Biblical Literature

The accuracy and completeness of this index will set the standard for accuracy and ultimately supersede all existing philonic indexes. An indispensable tool at a very reasonable price.
—Religious Studies Review

Welcome a major new reference work, significant for the interpretation of Hellenistic Judaism and the New Testament.... This index is now the basic port of entry into Philo's use of language; it should be in every library devoted to the study of Philo and the New Testament.
—Currents in Theology and Mission


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Peder Borgen is Professor emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Trondheim in Norway. Kare Fuglseth is an assistant professor at the Teacher's College in Bodo, Norway. Roald Skarsten is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Humanities at the University of Bergen in Norway.

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