Maren Niehoff has a new book in print, entitled “Philo of Alexandria. An Intellectual Biography” (commissioned by Yale University Press, with a German translation forthcoming at Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen). In this book she establishes the chronology of Philo’s works and describes for the first time the intellectual development of Philo. The book breaks new ground by arguing that Philo’s visit to Rome as the head of the Jewish embassy to Gaius has serious intellectual implications and changed the way he perceived of Judaism and philosophy in general. Niehoff moreover contextualized Philo, stressing his pioneering role at a crucial time in the history of Western thought, when Christianity emerged and Greek culture saw a significant revival (“the Second Sophistic”).
December 29, 2015