An inquiry for you scholars and philosophers -

Jesus and Paul both existed in a context greatly influenced by both Greek and Jewish philosophy. I'm curious if anyone has pointers or sources to which philosophers or philosophies can be seen in Jesus' or Paul's teachings (which certainly vary in many ways).

I'm interested for people to weigh in!


@danielkeyes137 Not a particular philosopher, but Jesus' use of parables to provoke thoughtful reflection upon ethical behavior is a typical Jewish philosophical and teaching protocol.
The Socratic Method is much older than Socrates.
"Teach the[ Commandments] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
Deuteronomy 11:19 NIV

@andy12 I've read several scholars comparing Jesus to Sokrates, but I haven't learned much about 2nd Temple era rabbinic practices, so I'm intrigued to hear that this may have been a part of their wider tradition as well!

It reminds me that lore about the Phrygian slave Aesop was popular in Alexandreia and the Hellenistic south close to Jesus' time, and he was another eclectic figure who told stories and confused people with his wit (although more as a trickster figure than a wisdom teacher).

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