Sunday, April 13, 2008

"The Rise and Fall of Alexandria, Birthplace of the Modern World", by Pollard and Reid.

I picked this up at a bookstore at SFO and decided to give it a read while on the airplane. It is a summary book which accumulates various writings. Maybe I will have a few more comments on it, but it has certainly been useful to me to help put the overall context of Alexandria and the Greek philosophers in a context with Philo. There is one little irony in the book of Acts:

"Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way tof the Lord, and he spoke with fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained him the way of God more adequately." - Acts 18:24-26

Priscilla and Aquila appear to be Jewish tradesmen expelled from Rome, while Apollos comes from Alexandria, which was the pinnacle of learning in the ancient world. The nerve of them to teach Apollos! Yet while not denying the learning of Apollos, they set of to explain "the way of God more adequately". Apollos was almost certainly one who had learned from Philo and Pollard and Reid imply that Christianity was derived from the teachings of Philo, as atheistic scholars have insisted. This little tidbit, however, is more than a little bit of a contradiction.

1 comment:

Livingsword said...

Very interesting insight!

Of course education, wisdom, knowledge, and life experience are very different animals…

…And since the Word of God is living, active and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God's people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

…it is amazing the impact those who search the Scriptures can have on those around them, just like you impact others Looney…