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Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

Joan E. Taylor


The 1st-century ascetic Jewish philosophers known as the ‘Therapeutae’, described in Philo's treatise De Vita Contemplativa, have often been considered in comparison with early Christians, the Essenes, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. This study, which includes a new translation of De Vita Contemplativa, focuses particularly on issues of historical method, rhetoric, women, and gender, and comes to new conclusions about the nature of the group and its relationship with the allegorical school of exegesis in Alexandria. The book argues that the group represents the tip of an iceberg in terms of ascetic ... More

Keywords: Therapeutae, Philo, De Vita Contemplativa, Christians, Essenes, Dead Sea Scrolls, Alexandria, women, Jewish praxis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291410
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291410.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan E. Taylor, author
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand and Honorary Research Fellow, Departments of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and in History, University College London
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