new book: Alexandria. Hub of the Hellenistic World

A large collection of what appear to be lovely papers on ancient Alexandria, and its relationship to ancient Judaism and Christianity, has now been published. For more, see the book’s official site at Mohr Siebeck, here. Citation, abstract, and TOC below; no articles on the reception of the notion of Alexandria or constructions of tradition around ‘Alexandrian (eclectic) philosophy’ or ‘the school of Alexandria,’ I’m afraid.

Alexandria. Hub of the Hellenistic World
Edited by Benjamin Schliesser, Jan Rüggemeier, Thomas J. Kraus, and
Jörg Frey, with the assistance of Daniel Herrmann
2021. L, 621 pages.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 460
154,00 €
 ISBN 978-3-16-159892-0

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

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