Gospel and the Greeks: Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought?

Gospel and the Greeks: Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought?

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by Ronald H. Nash
     
 

Did early Christianity borrow essential beliefs and practices from pagan religions and philosophies of the time? No, answers Ronald Nash in this compelling case for the uniqueness of Christian teaching. Part 1 investigates possible influences of Hellenistic philosophy on the New Testament; part 2, the relationship of early Christianity to the pagan mystery religions;…  See more details below

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Did early Christianity borrow essential beliefs and practices from pagan religions and philosophies of the time? No, answers Ronald Nash in this compelling case for the uniqueness of Christian teaching. Part 1 investigates possible influences of Hellenistic philosophy on the New Testament; part 2, the relationship of early Christianity to the pagan mystery religions; and part 3, the relationship between early Christianity and Gnosticism. First released in 1992, The Gospel and the Greeks has been retypeset and includes an annotated bibliography, as well as indexes of persons and subjects.

Editorial Reviews

Robert C. Newman
An excellent apologetic . . . showing the insuperable problems of viewing Christianity as an outgrowth of Greek philosophy, the Hellenistic mystery religions, or gnosticism.
F. F. Bruce
Not content with refuting unsound arguments, Nash makes positive contributions to the subject under discussion.
Edwin Yamauchi
A lucid and superb book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945241096
Publisher:
Probe Books
Publication date:
11/01/1992
Series:
Christian Free University Curriculum Ser
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.41(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.76(d)

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Edwin Yamauchi
Professor Nash has written a lucid and superb book, which will prove especially useful to students in colleges and universities who still hear some ill-founded comparisons between the pagan mystery religions and Christianity from their professors. (Edwin Yamauchi, Professor, History Department, Miami University)

Meet the Author

Ronald H. Nash was professor of Christian philosophy at Southern Baptist Seminary. He authored more than thirty books and lectured at more than fifty colleges and universities in the United States, Great Britain, and the former Soviet Union.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the last century or so, a number of people have claimed that various forms of pagan thought influenced the writers of the New Testament. Some claimed that pagan philosophy (Plato, Stoicism, etc) influenced New Testament writers like Paul. Others have contended that the ancient mystery religions (Osiris, the Great Mother, etc) influenced First Century Christian thinking about a dying and rising savior god, baptism, etc. Finally, still others have argued that the New Testament was influenced by a pre-Christian form of Gnosticism. This book examines all of these theories, directs the reader to the most important sources and answers the question of whether the New Testament borrowed from Pagan Thought.