The Gospel and the Greeks: Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought?

The Gospel and the Greeks Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought Did early Christianity borrow any of its essential beliefs and practices from pagan religions and philosophies No answers the author of this compelling apologetic for the uniqueness of Christian teac

  • Title: The Gospel and the Greeks: Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought?
  • Author: Ronald H. Nash
  • ISBN: 9780875525594
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Did early Christianity borrow any of its essential beliefs and practices from pagan religions and philosophies No, answers the author of this compelling apologetic for the uniqueness of Christian teaching Part 1 investigates possible influences of Hellenistic philosophy part 2, of pagan mystery religions and part 3, of Gnosticism First released in 1992, The Gospel andDid early Christianity borrow any of its essential beliefs and practices from pagan religions and philosophies No, answers the author of this compelling apologetic for the uniqueness of Christian teaching Part 1 investigates possible influences of Hellenistic philosophy part 2, of pagan mystery religions and part 3, of Gnosticism First released in 1992, The Gospel and the Greeks has been retypeset.

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    1. In THE GOSPEL AND THE GREEKS, Ronald Nash reviews the contention that Christianity and the theology of the New Testament is dependent upon Greek philosophy, Greek mystery cults, and/or Gnosticism. The book follows this three-fold structure, explaining the case made by the proponents of these views, and then examining their arguments. In each instance, Nash provides refutation from respected experts in the field, and from the historical evidence itself.This is an excellent book. The writing is no [...]

    2. Did the New Testament borrow from Pagan thought? Nash approaches the topic of outside influence in three parts, approaching the question of dependence from a traditional Christian viewpoint.Part I: Hellenistic Philosophy. How much Hellenistic influence do we see in the Gospels? From Paul’s quoting of Stoic philosophers to John’s interpretation of the Logos, there are unquestionable connections. The most fascinating passage in this section is Nash’s “test case” in the book of Hebrews. T [...]

    3. The book states that it is written for (somewhat well read) Bible students and not for Biblical studies experts (professors I suppose). As such the narrative flows well and is easy to follow. I think the book would be strengthened though by inclusion of notes quoting the texts in question and giving citations where the texts may be found (especially online). The lay reader would be unimpeded, but the semi-literate would have access to the quotations relied upon in the book itself.The argument of [...]

    4. Over the years, academics have made a series of claims that Christianity derived its teaching from Greek and Hellenistic philosophy, Greco-Roman mystery religions and from gnosticism. In general, a claim would be in vogue for a few years before being refuted by scholars. Then it would be replaced by another claim that would be refuted in turn. Because the claims made it to popular culture but the refutations took place in arcane Classics departments and their literature, people, including schola [...]

    5. Jesus "mythers" often claim that Christianity is warmed-over paganism. This book is a very good answer to that claim. Unfortunately, from a Catholic perspective, this book lacks a defense for the claim that the post-biblical Christians also adopted pagan beliefs (even though the same arguments that the author uses to defend the New Testament authors could also be applied to the Church Fathers).

    6. The book is an excellent overview of the issues surrounding the New Testament writers and the influence of the surrounding culture. I wish there was more discussion of Jesus being accused of being a Cynic.

    7. Outstanding little book. Great overview of the dominant philosophies of the day in the 100 BC - 100 AD era. He presents reasonable and cogent defenses of the biblical writers and will more than likely aid the reader in weeding out some of their dormant platonism or stoicism.

    8. Very good introduction to the debate concerning the alleged influence of Hellenistic culture upon the NT. Nash writes in a very readable and accessible style for the layperson.

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