By John Fitzgerald Dr, Associate Professor of Papyrology and Greek Literature Dirk Obbink, Glenn Holland

The fifteen essays during this quantity, rooted within the paintings of the Hellenistic ethical Philosophy and Early Christianity portion of the SBL, learn the works of Philodemus and the way they remove darkness from the cultural context of early Christianity. Born in Gadara in Syria, Philodemus (ca. 110-40 BCE) was once lively in Italy as an Epicurean thinker and poet. This quantity includes 3 elements; the 1st offers with Philodemus’ works of their personal phrases, the second one situates his proposal inside of its greater Greco-Roman context, and the 3rd explores the consequences of his paintings for knowing the earliest Christians, particularly Paul. it will likely be invaluable to all readers drawn to Hellenistic philosophy and rhetoric in addition to moment Temple Judaism and early Christianity.

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This, as we will see below, is one of those cases that give “natural pain” even to the wise, but a pain that can be endured, in this case because of one’s conviction of innocence. i pant‹ b¤vi tetimvr∞syai prÚw t∞w §n aÈto›w kak¤aw ka‹ diÉ aÈtÚn metamele¤aiw polla›w ÙdunÆsesyai dusxer°steron ÍpÉ êllvn. x. eir¤stvn ényr≈pvn, mçllon d¢ yh[r]¤vn, efi makar¤vw ≤goË[n]tai bebivk°. sesyai toÁ[w] pamponÆro[u]w m°n, époluom°nouw d¢ diabol«n ≥. , ¶ti dÉ efi mØ. [w] toioÊtoiw, prolamb[ã]nontaw ‡svw ¶se[s]yai ka‹ per‹ •a[u]t[oÁw], §peidØ tÊxhw efi[s‹]n ¶rgon.

But here the reason seems fairly clear: I had no personal interests and connections with the progress of things in the 1930’s, but I do now, connections with people and interests that will continue then in my absence. So if I regret that I won’t live till 2050 or near it, what I regret is the breaking off of all sorts of stories and interests in which I am personally involved. It seems as if it were a major argumentative mistake on Lucretius’ part, which modern writers justly reproach, to introduce this socalled symmetry as a consolation for not being there tomorrow, or the next decade—even though I think most could agree the more time I add, a hundred years perhaps, the less pressing the need to survive must become.

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