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Cynicism and Christianity in Antiquity

, 2019
ISBN: 9780802875556
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A literary tour de force that analyzes and refutes the hypothesis that Jesus was a Cynic.

Was Jesus really a Cynic? This book examines the arguments submitted by some New Testament scholars who believe that Jesus and his disciples were influenced by the ethics and social behaviors of Cynic preachers in Galilee.

In examining the “Cynic Jesus hypothesis,” Marie-Odile Goulet-Cazé offers a reliable, accessible, and fully documented summary of Cynicism and its ideas, from Diogenes to the Imperial Period, and she investigates the extent and nature of contact between Cynics and Jewish people, especially in the first century BCE and CE. While recognizing similarities between the ideas and morals of ancient Cynicism and those evident in early Christian movements, Goulet-Cazé identifies more significant, fundamental differences between them in terms of culture, theology, and worldview.

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  • Examines the hypothesis of a Cynical Jesus
  • Explores the relationship between Cynic philosophy and Christianity
  • Surveys all the witnesses found in the ancient literary tradition
  • Introduction
  • Cynicism in the Hellenistic Era and under the Roman Empire
  • Contacts between Cynicism and Judaism from the Septuagint to the Talmud
  • Cynicism and the Jesus Movement
  • The Relationship between Cynicism and Christianity under the Roman Empire
  • Title: Cynicism and Christianity in Antiquity
  • Author: Marie-Odile Goulet-Cazé
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 272
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Jesus Studies

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Marie-Odile Goulet-Cazé has been a researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, France, since 1978 and is now director emerita of research at CNRS. She served as president of the International Society of Classical Bibliography, which publishes L’Année philologique, and she has written several books on Cynicism and ancient philosophy.


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