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Jesus as Philosopher: The Moral Sage in the Synoptic Gospels

Runar M. Thorsteinsson


The main purpose of the book is to examine the possible ways in which the authors of the Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Matthew, and Luke, were inspired by contemporary philosophical traditions about the ideal philosophical sage in their description of their ideal human being, Jesus Christ. Questions that are raised and discussed in the study include the following: How does the author in question speak of Jesus in relation to contemporary philosophy? Do we see Jesus take on a certain ‘philosophical’ role in the Gospels, either by his statements and reasoning or his way of life? In what way are Jesus’ ... More

Keywords: Jesus, Synoptic Gospels, philosopher, sage, Stoicism, Cynicism, virtue theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198815228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198815228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Runar M. Thorsteinsson, author
Professor of New Testament, University of Iceland