Sunday, March 26, 2017

4 Maccabees and self-control

READING ACTS: Fourth Maccabees and a Rational Faith.
The “temperate mind” restrains the impulses of the body, what Paul calls “self-control” in Galatians 5:23. That Paul and 4 Maccabees both have a high view of the Law and the virtue of self-control is not necessarily and indication Paul knew the book or vice versa. Likely as not both the author of 4 Maccabees and Paul are drawing on implications of the wisdom literature drawn through the intellectual grid of a first century worldview which includes elements of Stoicism and other Greek philosophical streams.
Past posts in Phil Long's series on the Second Temple Period are noted here and links.