The books in this set are in their original bindings (1972-1980) and are being sold as is.
The single most important source for Second Temple Jewish exegetical traditions is the three commentaries series written by Philo of Alexandria. Wanting to understand Second Temple Judaism more fully, a group of scholars founded the Philo Institute in 1971 to explore those traditions. The following year they began publication of The Studia Philonica as a venue for their research; however, the significance of Philo's work soon captured the interest of a broader group of scholars and quickly opened the journal's pages up to all aspects of Philonic studies. Six issues were released from 1972-1980 containing twenty-five articles, annual bibliographies, and abstracts of notable publications. The list of contributors is a who's who in Philonic studies in the 1970s and 1980s. As the first publication devoted primarily to the study of Philo, many of the articles are still valuable as beginning points for subsequent research. After a lapse of almost a decade, the journal was revived as The Studia Philonica Annual that is now in its twentieth year of publication (1989-2008).
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