By Paul K. Moser

What, if something, does Jesus of Nazareth need to do with philosophy? this query motivates this selection of new essays from top theologians, philosophers, and biblical students. half I portrays Jesus in his first-century highbrow and old context, getting to highbrow impacts and contributions and contemporaneous comparable styles of notion. half II examines how Jesus prompted of the main well-known medieval philosophers. It considers the seeming conceptual shift from Hebraic different types of idea to distinctively Greco-Roman ones in later Christian philosophers. half III considers the importance of Jesus for a few popular modern philosophical themes, together with epistemology and the that means of existence. the point of interest isn't quite a bit on how "Christianity" figures in such themes as on how Jesus makes unique contributions to such subject matters.

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7. 8. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus was a Galilean who preached and healed. Jesus called disciples and spoke of there being twelve. Jesus confined his activity to Israel. Jesus engaged in a controversy about the Temple. Jesus was crucified outside Jerusalem by the Roman authorities. After Jesus’s death his followers continued as an identifiable movement. At least some Jews persecuted at least parts of the new movement (Gal. 1:13, 22; Phil. 3:6), and it appears that this persecution endured at least to a time near the end of Paul’s career (2 Cor.

3:13–17; Lk. 3:21–22; cf. Jn. 1:29–34). What does Jesus’s baptism at the hands of John tell us about Jesus’s self-understanding? At the very least it implies that Jesus was in essential agreement with the Baptist’s agenda, an agenda that seems to have the restoration of Israel as its goal (through repentance and preparation for eschatological judgment). John’s reference to “these stones” from which God is able to raise up sons to Abraham (Matt. 3:9 = Lk. 3:8) alludes to the twelve stones placed beside the Jordan River when the twelve tribes prepared to cross the river and enter the promised land (cf.

Jewish Sources These include the various versions of Josephus and early rabbinic traditions. 14 Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian and apologist, is another matter. Josephus mentions Jesus twice in his 20-volume work Jewish Antiquities. One passage concerns James, the brother of “Jesus called Christ” (Ant. 200). , the year 11 12 13 14 For an account of the “discovery” of the Clementine letter containing the quotations of Secret Mark, along with text, notes, and commentary, see M. , The Secret Gospel: The Discovery and Interpretation of the Secret Gospel according to Mark (New York: Harper & Row, 1973).

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