380 Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 42 (2011) 375-440 God’s Acting, Man’s Acting: Tradition and Philosophy in Philo of Alexandria . By Francesca Calabi. (Studies in Philo of Alexandria 4). Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2008. Pp. xiv, 268. Hardback. €119.00 / US$ 177.00. ISBN 978-90-04-16270-9. This monograph is a collection of articles and book chapters, most of which were previously published in Italian but are here translated into English. The individual chapters share an emphasis on problems related to Philo’s treatment of God’s activity in the world in the context of Middle Platonism. In contrast to polytheists who could postulate multiple gods to account for divine immanence and tran- scendence, Philo’s monotheistic perspective required diﬀerent solutions regarding the nature of God, his knowability, his powers, and his relationship to humans. On the whole, it is this broad framework of the dual nature of God that binds the papers together but not necessarily a central thesis. Part one (“The Nature of God”) consists of three chapters and an appendix. Against the backdrop of Greek philosophy, C. ﬁrst describes Philo’s reconciliation of God’s simultaneous simplicity and complexity against the backdrop of Greek philosophy more broadly
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
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