Stoicism in Early Christianity

Stoicism in Early Christianity

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Highlighting the place of Stoic teaching in early Christian thought, an international roster of scholars challenges the prevailing view that Platonism was the most important philosophical influence on early Christianity. They suggest that early Christians were more often influenced by Stoicism than by Platonism, an insight that sheds new light on the relationship between philosophy and religion at the birth of Christianity.

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ISBN-13: 9781441233677
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tuomas Rasimus (PhD, Université Laval; DrTheol, University of Helsinki) is research fellow in the department of biblical studies at the University of Helsinki and at the Institut d'études anciennes, Université Laval. He is the author of Paradise Reconsidered in Gnostic Mythmaking: Rethinking Sethianism in Light of the Ophite Evidence. Troels Engberg-Pedersen (DPhil, University of Oxford; DrTheol, University of Copenhagen) is professor of New Testament in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author or editor of eleven books and more than a hundred articles. Ismo Dunderberg (DrTheol, University of Helsinki) is professor of New Testament studies at the University of Helsinki. He is the author or editor of four books and numerous articles in the field of early Christian literature.

Table of Contents

• Introduction to philosophy between Stoicism and Platonism by Troels Engberg-Pedersen
• Chapters on the New Testament by Runar M. Thorsteinsson (on Romans), Niko Huttunen (on Paul and the law), Stanley K. Stowers (on the Gospel of Matthew), Harold W. Attridge and Gitte Buch-Hansen (on the Gospel of John), and J. Albert Harrill (on 2 Peter)
• Chapters on other early Christian topics and documents by John T. Fitzgerald (on slavery), Nicola Denzey (on martyrdom), Esther de Boer (on the Gospel of Mary), Ismo Dunderberg (on Valentinianism), Takashi Onuki (on the Apocryphon of John), and Tuomas Rasimus (on Sethianism and stoicizing Platonism)

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