This volume focuses on the role of Judaism, particularly that of
Philo, and of Gnosticism, as two important forces shaping the
response of early Christianity to the Hellenistic Greco-Roman
culture of its time. The sections which examine Hellenistic Judaism
investigate themes from Greek philosophy, like 'reason controlling
the passions, ' which are also crucial in shaping Philo's
perception of the feminine. The manner in which Jewish authors of
this period attempt to synthesize Old Testament with Greek
philosophical themes like creation/cosmology receives specific
treatment. Essays dealing with Gnosticism re-examine themes from
Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle in Gnostic documents,
but also look at the role of Hellenistic Judaism with its interests
in Sophia. Co-published with the Institute for Christian Studies
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