An Introduction to Philo Judus

An Introduction to Philo Judus

An Introduction to Philo Judus

An Introduction to Philo Judus

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Publication of a small book on Philo needs no apology. In all the great body of literature devoted to him and his thought, there is no satisfactory work which can be given the general reader to introduce him to the subject. What brief studies exist are antiquated by recent researches, and in no case were written to serve the double purpose of helping the beginner to make a start in an intelligent reading of Philo and of presenting what is now the point of view from which all study of Philo must, whether in agreement or disagreement, depart.

The problem of the relation of early Christianity to its environment, which has engrossed historians of religion, and which conservative scholars--conservative technically as well as theologically--have tended to belittle or neglect, is the great problem of the next generation of students in the field. It has been easy to dismiss the work of historians of religion who have been content simply to list pagan parallels to the New Testament, so long as conclusions of great importance were drawn from mere similarities between early Christian ideas and those of religions scattered from India to Britain. If we are to learn about Christianity from non-Christian material, what we need is not parallels but bridges, demonstration of how ideas could have reached and become incorporated into early Christianity from sources other than orthodox . . .

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