Out soon: “Alexandria. Hub of the Hellenistic World” edited by Benjamin Schliesser, Jan Rüggemeier, Thomas J. Kraus, and Jörg Frey

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia! I’ve an interesting new release to report you about Hellenism and it’s:

Alexandria. Hub of the Hellenistic World

Edited by Benjamin Schliesser, Jan Rüggemeier, Thomas J. Kraus, and Jörg Frey, with the assistance of Daniel Herrmann

[Alexandria. Drehkreuz der hellenistischen Welt.]

Published by: Mohr Siebeck

forthcoming in March

Alexandria was one of the main hubs of the Hellenistic world and a cultural and religious» kaleidoscope. «Merchants and migrants, scientists and scholars, philosophers, and religious innovators from all over the world and from all social backgrounds came to this ancient metropolis and exchanged their goods, views, and dreams. Accordingly, Alexandria became a place where Hellenistic, Egyptian, Jewish, and early Christian identities all emerged, coexisted, influenced, and rivaled each other. In order to meet the diversity of Alexandria’s urban life and to do justice to the variety of literary and non-literary documents that bear witness to this, the volume examines the processes of identity formation from a range of different academic perspectives. Thus, the present volume gathers together twenty-six contributions from the realm of archaeology, ancient history, classical philology, religious studies, philosophy, the Old Testament, narratology, Jewish studies, papyrology, and the New Testament.

Benjamin Schliesser Born 1977; studied Protestant Theology in Tübingen, Glasgow and Pasadena; 2006 PhD; 2010–16 senior assistant in Zurich; since 2016 Professor of New Testament Studies at the Institute for New Testament Studies at the University of Bern.

Jan Rüggemeier Born 1981; studied Protestant Theology in Heidelberg, Oxford and Tübingen; 2011–16 research assistant in Tübingen; 2017 PhD; since 2017 project assistant at the Institute for New Testament Studies in Bern and since 2018 senior assistant for New Testament Studies at the Theological Seminary of the University of Zurich.

Thomas J. Kraus Born 1965; studied Catholic Theology and English in Regensburg and Sheffield; 1996–99 Assistant Professor in Regensburg; since 1999 Director of Studies at a Bavarian grammar school; 2000 PhD; since 2013 Teaching Assignments and Habilitation Project in Early Christianity at the Theological Seminary of the University of Zurich; since 2014 Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Jörg Frey ist Professor für Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft mit Schwerpunkten Antikes Judentum und Hermeneutik an der Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich und Research Associate der University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.

Daniel Herrmann Born 1996; studies Protestant Theology in Bern and works as a research assistant at the Institute for New Testament Studies at the University of Bern.

Survey of contents:

Jan Rüggemeier: Alexandria: Hub of the Hellenistic World. Introduction

I. The City
Gregory E. Sterling: »The Largest and Most Important« Part of Egypt. Alexandria according to Strabo – Balbina Bäbler: Whose »Glory of Alexandria«? Monuments, Identities and the Eye of the Beholder – Barbara Schmitz: Alexandria: What Does the So-Called Letter of Aristeas Tell Us about Alexandria? – Christina Harker: Religious Violence and the Library of Alexandria – Maria Sokolskaya: Was Demetrius of Phalerum the Founder of the Alexandrian Library?

II. Egyptian and Hellenistic Identities
Christoph Riedweg: Alexandria in the New Outline of Philosophy in the Roman Imperial Period and in Late Antiquity – Stefan Pfeiffer: Bottom Up or Top Down: Who Initiated the Building of Temples for Augustus in Alexandria and Upper Egypt? – Sylvie Honigman: The Shifting Definition of Greek Identity in Alexandria through the Transition from Ptolemaic to Roman Rule – Beatrice Wyss: Cultural Rivalry in Alexandria: The Egyptians Apion and Chaeremon – Sandra Gambetti: When Syrian Politics Arrived in Egypt. 2nd Century BCE Egyptian Yahwism and the Vorlage of the LXX – Michael Sommer: The Apocalypse of Zephaniah and the Tombs of the Egyptian Chora. An Archaeological Contribution to B. J. Diebner’s Opinion about the Relation between Clement of Alexandria and the Coptic Tradition of the Apocalypse of Zephaniah

III. Jewish Alexandria
Benjamin Wright: The Letter of Aristeas and the Place of the Septuagint in Alexandrian Judaism – Jan N. Bremmer: The First Pogrom? Religious Violence in Alexandria in 38 CE? – René Bloch: How Much Hebrew in Jewish Alexandria? – Justin P. Jeffcoat Schedtler: From Alexandria to Caesarea and Beyond. The Transmission of the Fragments of the Hellenistic Jewish Authors – John Granger Cook: Philo’s Quaestiones in Genesin and Paul’s σῶμα πνευματικόν

IV. From the New Testament to Early Christianities
Samuel Vollenweider: Apollos of Alexandria. Portrait of an Unknown – Jörg Frey: Locating New Testament Writings in Alexandria. On Method and the Aporias of Scholarship – Benjamin Schliesser: Jewish Beginnings: Earliest Christianity in Alexandria – Enno Edzard Popkes: The Interpretation of Pauline Understandings of Resurrection within »The Treatise on the Resurrection« (NHC I 4) – Wolfgang Grünstäudl: The Quest for Pantaenus Paul Collomp, Wilhelm Bousset, and Johannes Munck on an Alexandrian Enigma – Thomas J. Kraus: Alexandria, City of Knowledge: Clement on »Statues« in his Protrepticus (chapter 4) – Anna van den Kerchove: Origen and the »Heterodox.« The Prologue of the Commentary on John within the Christian Alexandrian Context – Luca Arcari: »Monotheistic« Discourses in Pseudo-Justin’s De monarchia. The »Uniqueness« of God and the Alexandrian Hegemony – Tobias Nicklas: The Martyrdom of Mark in Late Antique Alexandria


Published in English.

cloth – ISBN 978-3161598920 – 154,00 € – Approx. 600 pages.

eBook PDF – ISBN 978-3161598937 – DOI 10.1628/978-3-16-159893-7 – 154,00 €

This book interests me a lot but I can’t afford it. I’m hoping I’ll find it at a discounted price because I really want to read it and I want to deepen my knowledge on Alexandria! Are you interested in it?

Have a good day,

Source: Mohr Siebeck Verlag website


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