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Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510-1703)
Gregory E. Sterling (Project Director: December 2014 to present)

On the Life of Abraham, by Philo of Alexandria: A New Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Preparation for publication of an English translation and critical commentary on The Life of Abraham, a biographical treatise by Philo of Alexandria (ca. 20 B.C.E.-50 C.E.). (12 months)

We are seeking a grant to complete a new introduction to, translation of, and critical commentary On The Life of Abraham (Abr.), a biographical treatise of pivotal importance by Philo of Alexandria (ca. 20 B.C.E.-50 C.E.). Although On the Life of Abraham has been translated into English before (most recently in 1935), the language is old-fashioned and outdated. Our new translation will not only use more up-to-date language but will also incorporate insights from the commentary to convey Philo's meaning more clearly. On the Life of Abraham has also been translated into other languages (see the Bibliography in Appendix E). While most of these translations have helpful annotations, none have detailed commentaries such as we plan to include. Our edition and first critical commentary On The Life of Abraham will offer many new insights, perspectives, and resources to promote deeper understanding of Philo's thought and to stimulate new research in a wide range of humanistic disciplines.

Project fields:
History of Religion

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017