“This commentary deals with Philo’s treatise In Flaccum, an account of the fall of Flaccus, prefect of Egypt in Philo’s own time. … A new commentary on this important work is much to be welcomed. … In H., readers are privileged to learn from one of the leading scholars of the Greek literature and culture of the Jews of antiquity. An extensive introduction devotes particular attention to the often controversial question of the historical context of Flaccus. The treatise as a whole is read as an exercise in theological historiography, with many illuminating insights into the relationship between the historical description of the persecution of the Jews and the theological interpretation of Flaccus’s fall. The translation of Philo’s text is admirably clear, and reflects insights into the language of Philo’s world made available from study of the papyri and inscriptions. The SBL reissue of these commentaries, originally published by Brill, is a welcome development.” — S. J. Pearce, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
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