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Jesus as Philosopher


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Abbreviations Introduction: Purpose and Approach 1: Philosophy and Philosophical Sages in the Graeco-Roman World 2: Jesus as Philosopher in the Gospel of Mark 3: Jesus as Philosopher in the Gospel of Matthew 4: Jesus as Philosopher in the Gospel of Luke Conclusion Bibliography Index of Subjects Index of Modern Authors Index of Ancient References

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Runar M. Thorsteinsson is Professor of New Testament in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Iceland. He is the author of Roman Christianity and Roman Stoicism: A Comparative Study of Ancient Morality (Oxford University Press, 2010).


Thorsteinsson does a great service by providing a thorough comparison of Jesus' teachings to Greco-Roman philosophers, which are often illuminating on a particular subject. * Robert L. Foster, Reading Religion *
This is a clear, readable and informative study which works systematically through selected topics in the Synoptic Gospels using sources from the teachings/lives of philosophers. He helpfully observes that, although there are differences between ancient schools, their basic purpose was the relationship between 'philosophical discourse and way of life' (p.15). Consequently, he compares the portrayal of Jesus' ethical teaching/life with the philosophers and shows remarkable similarities, e.g., on suffering and death (cf., Socrates). Nevertheless, he concludes that Jesus's teachings and life are superior. Recommended. * Robert S. Dutch, Journal for the Study of the New Testament *
... a rich and evocative study. I wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone interested in the Synoptic Gospels and Hellenistic philosophy. * Review of Biblical Literature *

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