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Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life

Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life

by Jonathan T. Pennington


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Many of us tend to live as though Jesus represents the "spiritual part" of our lives. We don't clearly see how he relates to the rest of our experiences, desires, and habits. How can Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity become more than a compartmentalized part of our lives?

Highly regarded New Testament scholar and popular teacher Jonathan Pennington argues that we need to recover the lost biblical image of Jesus as the one true philosopher who teaches us how to experience the fullness of our humanity in the kingdom of God. Jesus teaches us what is good, right, and beautiful and offers answers to life's big questions: what it means to be human, how to be happy, how to order our emotions, and how we should conduct our relationships.

This book brings Jesus and Christianity into dialogue with the ancient philosophers who asked the same big questions about finding meaningful happiness. It helps us rediscover biblical Christianity as a whole-life philosophy, one that addresses our greatest human questions and helps us live meaningful and flourishing lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587434655
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 370,861
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jonathan T. Pennington (PhD, University of St. Andrews), a popular speaker, teacher, and preacher, is associate professor of New Testament interpretation and director of research doctoral studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also on staff as a preaching pastor at Sojourn East Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Pennington is the host and coproducer of the popular web series Cars, Coffee, Theology and has written numerous books, including The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing and Reading the Gospels Wisely.

Table of Contents

Your Personal Lord and Philosopher

Philosophers, Martyrs, and Canoes 3

The Genius of Ancient Philosophy 17

The Bible as Philosophy?

The Philosophical "Big Ideas" in the Old Testament 37

The Philosophical "Big Ideas" in the New Testament 55

Educating Emotions

A Big Emotional Debate 83

Christianity's Sophisticated Solution 99

Restoring Relationships

The Necessity of Relationships 133

Christianity's Renewed Relationships 155

Being Human and Happy

Humans, We Have a Problem 185

Christianity's Whole, Meaningful, and Flourishing Life 201

Notes 221

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