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Philo and Paul Among the Sophists : Alexandrian and Corinthian Responses to a Julio-Claudian and Corinthian Responses to a Julio-Claudian Movement
Bruce W. Winter

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Format: Paperback, 302pp.
ISBN: 0802839770
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: November 2001

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In this highly acclaimed book Bruce Winter gathers all the available evidence on first-century sophistry in Alexandria and Corinth and offers the first comprehensive discussion of this movement as it relates to the writings of Philo and Paul.

Plumbing the historical record, Winter shows that while these contemporary Hellenistic Jews both responded to the sophistic movement on the basis of the Old Testament, Philo was also indebted to Plato for his assessment, whereas Paul filtered the Old Testament texts through the message of Jesus. This valuable study provides crucial insights into the nature of Paul's sterling rhetoric as well as the problems that the sophistic movement created for Diaspora Jews in Alexandria and for the early Christians in Corinth.


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Director of the Institute of Early Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World, Tyndale House in Cambridge, a Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, and a member of the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by G.W. Bowersockix
Preface to the Second Editionx
Preface to the First Editionxiv
Part IThe Alexandrian Sophists15
Introduction to Part I17
1.A Student Among the Alexandrian Sophists19
2.Dio and the Alexandrian Sophistic Leaders40
3.Who Are Philo's Sophists?59
4.Philo's Critique of the Alexandrian Sophistic Tradition80
5.Philo among the Sophists95
Part IIThe Corinthian Sophists109
Introduction to Part II111
6.Epictetus and the Corinthian Student of the Sophists113
7.Dio and Plutarch among the Corinthian Sophists123
8.Paul and Sophistic Conventions141
9.Paul's Critique of the Corinthian Sophistic Tradition180
10.Paul among the Christian Sophists203
Index of Subjects283
Index of Literary Sources286
Index of Non-Literary Sources296
Index of Authors298

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