Friday, September 29, 2017

Ancient Judaism, philosophy, and early Christianity

THE OUP BLOG: Stoicism, Platonism, and the Jewishness of Early Christianity (Troels Engberg-Pedersen).
This new understanding raises a question that may be worth pondering: is Stoicism better suited than Platonism to capture, express, and articulate the Jewishness of Early Christianity? That is, can one understand why early Christian writers, like Paul and John, may have felt that Stoic ideas were more congenial than Platonic ones for bringing out their own understanding of God, Jesus Christ, the ‘Spirit’ and the meaning of these three entities for human beings?
The author's new book John and Philosophy: A New Reading of the Fourth Gospel came out earlier this year with OUP.

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