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Divine Embodiment in Philo of Alexandria

Here is a recent paper by a young Philo scholar, Deborah Forger (glad some youngsters are engaging with Philo). And when I say scholar I mean scholar — not to be confused with many who are merely “regurgitation generators” for some trendy ism or other. Though officially listed here behind a paywall, the paper is…

Philo goes “mainstream”

A couple of months ago I took to task the Philo entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I have just noticed that in the interim a more nuanced entry of Philo has recently appeared in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy — and one that actually cites and acknowledges Runia. Oddly enough, Lévy does not mention E.…

Philo of Alexandria

My copy arrived today. A quick glance at the bibliography, i.e. making sure the work of David Runia is consulted, bodes well. Philo’s creation theology marks an important watershed in Western civilization. Within Judaism he ushers in a more philosophical approach to the creation, which subsequently receives more attention that it had during the Second…

Philo of Alexandria: Where’s David Runia?

It is quite astonishing that this encyclopedia entry makes no mention whatsoever of the doyen of recent Philonic studies — David Runia. This surely cannot qualify as mere oversight: it is akin to an ostensibly reliable overview of recent Hellenistic scholarship without ever citing A. A. Long. Anyway, to get a sense of just how central Runia…

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

Another puncture to the regressive dhimmi myth. Here are a few reviews. Thomas F. Madden review; Nirmal Das review; Danusha V. Goska review; Norman Berdichevsky review; Julia Pavón Benito review; Jude P. Dougherty review; Anne Barbeau Gardiner review; Paul Monk review. ChristianityDario Fernandez-MoreraislamjihadjizyaJudaismMiddle Agesregressive leftSpaintaqiya