Book Series Monothéismes et Philosophie, vol. 30

Philon d’Alexandrie. Une biographie intellectuelle

Maren Niehoff

  • Pages: 328 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):French
  • Publication Year:2024



Maren R. Niehoff, Max Cooper Professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, trained in Jerusalem, Berlin, and Oxford and at the Harvard Society of Fellows.


Philo was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who left behind one of the richest bodies of work from antiquity, yet his personality and intellectual development have remained a riddle. Maren Niehoff presents the first biography of Philo, arguing that his trip to Rome in 38 CE was a turning point in his life. There he was exposed not only to new political circumstances but also to a new cultural and philosophical environment.

Philon est un philosophe juif hellénisé dont les œuvres forment l’un des corpus les mieux fournis qui nous soient parvenus de l’Antiquité. Pourtant sa personnalité et son évolution intellectuelle restent une énigme. Maren Niehoff offre la première biographie de Philon et suggère que son séjour à Rome en 38 EC marqua un tournant dans sa vie. Il y fut confronté non seulement à un nouveau cadre politique, mais aussi à un nouvel environnement culturel et philosophique



1) An Intellectual Biography of Philo?

Philo as Ambassador and Author in Rome
2) Philo’s Self-Fashioning in the Historical Writings
3) Power, Exile and Religion in the Roman Empire
4) Roman Philosophy and the Jews

Philo’s Exposition in a Roman Context
5) Creation Theology and Monotheism
6) Character and History in the Lives of the Biblical Forefathers
7) Biblical Ladies in Roman Garb
8) Stoic Ethics in the Service of Jewish Law

Young Philo among Alexandrian Jews
9) Biblical Commentary
10) A Platonic Self
11) An Utterly Transcendent God and His Logos
12) Stoicism: Rejected, Subverted and Advocated

Epilogue: Philo at the Cross-Roads between Judaism, Hellenism and Christianity
Appendix 1: Table of Philo’s Dates and Works
Appendix 2: Did Philo write an Allegorical Commentary on Genesis Chapter One?