David Winston

Present position
Professor Emeritus of Hellenistic and Judaic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

He can be contacted at
1220 Grizzly Peak
Berkeley, CA 94708, U.S.A
Tel. (510) 548-6734
email address: davidswinston@comcast.net

Curriculum vitae
Received his A.M. and Ph.D in Greek and Latin from Columbia University.
Rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary (1955), and D.H.L., honoris causa (1987). Served as a chaplain (1 st Lt) in the US Army at Fort Bliss, Texas and Nürnberg, Germany.
After serving as instructor in Greek and Latin at Columbia University (1958-60), was appointed Associate Professor of Rabbinic and Hellenistic Literature at the University of Judaism, Los Angeles. In 1966 he was appointed Professor of Hellenistic and Judaic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and Visiting Professor at the University of California. He was Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1970-71, and was a research fellow at its Institute for Advanced Studies on Mt. Scopus in 1976. In 1987 he was Visiting Professor at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he delivered the Efroymson lectures for that year. He was awarded a Natural Endowment for the Humanities senior fellowship in 1978 and again in 1986-87.

Research Interests
He is currently writing a book on The Mind of Philo of Alexandria , and is preparing a translation and commentary on Philo's treatise Who is the Heir to Divine Things.

Publications (Select)


  • The Wisdom of Solomon in the Anchor Bible series (Garden City 1979) (a condensed version of this commentary is printed in the Harper Collins Study Bible, ed. Wayne Meeks (1993) 1497-1529).
  • Philo of Alexandria: The Contemplative Life, The Giants, and Selections. A New translation with Introduction and Notes (New York 1981).
  • Two Treatises of Philo of Alexandria, with John Dillon (Chico 1983).
  • Logos and Mystical Theology in Philo of Alexandria (Cincinnati 1985).


  • 'The Iranian Component in the Bible, Apocrypha, and Qumran,' in History of Religions 5.2 (1966) 183-216, reprinted in Controversies in the Study of Judaic Religion and Theology, ed. J. Neusner and W.S. Green (New York 1991).
  • 'The Book of Wisdom's Theory of Comogony,' History of Religions 11.2 (1971) 185-202.
  • 'Philo's Ethical Theory,' in ANRW  2.21.1 (1984) 372-416.
  • 'Two Types of Mosaic Prophecy According to Philo of Alexandria,' Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 4 (1989) 49-67.
  • 'Hellenistic Jewish Philosophy,' in The Routledge History of Jewish Philosophy, ed. Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman (London 1997) 38-61.



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