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Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria

Philo's Therapeutae Reconsidered [Paperback]

by Joan E. Taylor

    • Author

      Joan E. Taylor

    • Book Format

      Paperback

    • Publisher

      Oxford University Press

    • Published

      January 2006

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      The first-century ascetic Jewish philosophers known as the 'Therapeutae', described in Philo's treatise De Vita Contemplativa, have often been considered in comparison with early Christians, the Essenes, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. This study, which includes a new translation of De Vita Contemplativa, focuses particularly on issues of historical method, rhetoric, women, and gender, and comes to new conclusions about the nature of the group and its relationship with the allegorical school of exegesis in Alexandria. Joan E. Taylor argues that the group represents the tip of an iceberg in terms of ascetic practices and allegorical exegesis, and that the women described point to the presence of other Jewish women philosophers in Alexandria in the first century CE. Members of the group were 'extreme allegorizers' in following a distinctive calendar, not maintaining usual Jewish praxis, and concentrating their focus on attaining a trance-like state in which a vision of God's light was experienced. Their special 'feast' was configured in terms of service at a Temple, in which both men and women were priestly attendants of God.

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      • Author

        Joan E. Taylor

      • Book Format

        Paperback

      • Publisher

        Oxford University Press

      • Published

        January 2006

      • Weight

        554g

      • Page Count

        440

      • Dimensions

        141 x 216 x 25 mm

      • ISBN

        9780199291410

      • ISBN-10

        0199291411

      • Eden Code

        4514507

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      • Author/Creator: Joan E. Taylor

      • ISBN: 9780199291410

      • Publisher: Oxford University Press

      • Release Date: January 2006

      • Weight: 554g

      • Dimensions: 141 x 216 x 25 mm

      • Eden Code: 4514507


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