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It is widely assumed that Platonic philosophical categories exercise the most determinative influence on nascent Christianity. In this volume Stoicism in Early Christianity a team of scholars argues that while Platonic influence was extensive, Stoicism another Greek philosophy was even more influential on eth infant faith movement known as "the way". Examining biblical books, ethics, and behavioral tendencies among Jesus and early Christians, the authors of these essays make a compelling case for rethinking the intellectual framework of early Christianity.
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.
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.