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Jang Ryu

Knowledge of God in Philo of Alexandria

[Die Kenntnis von Gott bei Philo von Alexandria.]

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Jang Ryu raises new questions regarding Philo of Alexandria's view of theological knowledge in this close reading of Philo's two series of exegetical writings. The presence of two distinct yet related epistemologies is considered in the light of Philo's exegetical and philosophical interests.
How does Philo of Alexandria conceive of the origin and nature of the human mind? How does Philo perceive the potential of the human mind in its ascent to the divine? And how does he imagine the limitations of the human mind in its ascent to knowledge of such divine realities? Raising new questions regarding Philo's view of divine knowledge, Jang Ryu identifies two distinct but related sets of epistemological ideas in the Philonic library, one in each of his exegetical series of writings. Philonic discourses on mystery initiation and divine inspiration in the so-called Allegorical Commentary are also considered in the light of Philo's wider exegetical and philosophical interests.

Jang Ryu Born 1974; Associate Professor of New Testament at Christ Bible Seminary (Nagoya, Japan).


The following reviews are known:

In: Revue Biblique — 124 (2017), S. 598–604 (Paul-Marie Fidèle Chango)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (12/2016) (Gregory E. Sterling)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 39.5 (2017), S. 100 (F. Gerald Downing)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 39 (2016), S. 502–503 (C.T.B.)
In: Studien zum NT u.seiner Umwelt — 42 (2017), S. 260–265 (Benedikt Collinet)