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One God, One Law: Philo of Alexandria on the Mosaic and Greco-Roman Law (Ancient Mediterranean and Medieval Texts and Contexts, 2) Hardcover – August 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0391041905 ISBN-10: 0391041908

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Product Details

  • Series: Ancient Mediterranean and Medieval Texts and Contexts, 2
  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0391041908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0391041905
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,838,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'John W. Martens has written a solid study on Philo's understanding of the law. .. it will be of great value to scholars of Hellenistic Judaism as well as of ancient philosophy more generally. .. convincing and engaging throughout.' Rene Bloch, Review of Biblical Literature, 2005.

About the Author

John W. Martens, Ph.D. (1991) in Religious Studies, McMaster University, is Assistant professor of Theology at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. His most recent publication is The End of the World: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Film and Television (Winnipeg, 2003).

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John W. Martens is an associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn,where he teaches early Christianity and Judaism. He also directs the Master of Arts in Theology program at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. He was born in Vancouver, B.C. into a Mennonite family that had decided to confront modernity in an urban setting. His post-secondary education began at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas, came to an abrupt stop, then started again at Vancouver Community College, where his interest in Judaism and Christianity in the earliest centuries emerged. He then studied at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, and McMaster University, with stops at University of Haifa and University of Tubingen. His writing often explores the intersection of Jewish, Christian and Greco-Roman culture and belief, such as in "let the little children come to me: Children and Childhood in Early Christianity" (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009), but he is not beyond jumping into the intersection of modernity and ancient religion, as in "The End of the World: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Film and Television" (Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford Press, 2003). He blogs at www.biblejunkies.com and at www.americamagazine.org for "The Good Word." You can follow him on Twitter @biblejunkies, where he would be excited to welcome you to his random and obscure interests, which range from the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Timberwolves, to his dog, and 70s punk, pop and rock. When he can, he brings students to Greece, Turkey and Rome to explore the artifacts and landscape of the ancient world. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and has two sons. He is certain that the world will not end until the Vancouver Canucks have won the Stanley Cup, as evidence has emerged from the Revelation of John, 1 Enoch, 2 Baruch, and 4 Ezra which all point in this direction.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. on March 9, 2011
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Martens' study of law in Philo, "One God, One Law," is a work of first-rate scholarship which possesses particular relevance to the larger subject of "law" in the first-century. It is of special importance to the question of "Paul and the Torah"--indeed, a must read in this regard.

While, of course, on one level Philo is not a direct parallel to Paul (i.e., Philo's central concern with philosophy), the current conventional wisdom is simply wrong to assert or insinuate that Philo is not *directly relevant* to Paul. For he is. And though it is by no means his central goal (he devotes only a few random pages to Paul, among many parallels), Martens' careful and expansive study in Philo's texts will convince you of this fact--and that is because his is a work in the actual primary sources, not a reiteration of present dogmas (e.g., the oft-encountered reductionism that "Paul was a Jewish not a Hellenistic thinker").

The published version of his doctoral research, this work of Martens ranks among the best historical-critical, linguistically-informed research in NT studies today--thus its publication by EJ Brill (perhaps the most prestigious publisher of critical works in our field). Now, yes, unfortunately these works are expensive, but (as many students fail to realize) you get what you pay for in critical NT research. So you will be ahead of the curve if, instead of buying 4 of the ridiculously polemical and sub-scholarly works currently being published on Paul, you purchase Martens study (as well as others like it)--a better investment by far. This work gives an enormous amount as a study and repays still further as a bibliographical resource.
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