4610[John_Lit] Re: Jesus' use of Greek and urban origins
- Apr 10, 2004--- In email@example.com, "Jeffrey B. Gibson"
> fmmccoy wrote:
> ><snip> It is difficult to explain how Jesus could have been exposed
> > thought if he had spent all his life in the Galilean village ofNazareth.
> > On the other hand, one can readily explain how this could haveoccured if
> > Jesus had spent part of his life in Tyre and Sidon--two majorcenters of
> > philosophy.This brings up another interesting point. Why is Sepphoris never
> Granting your premise that Jesus **was** exposed to Cynic philosophy, it
> is important to note not only
> (1) that your claim that "It is difficult to explain how Jesus could
> have been exposed to Cynic thought if he had spent all his life in the
> Galilean village of Nazareth" contains a false dichotomy in that it
> wrongly assumes that there were no other places besides Tyre and Sidon
> where Cynic schools of thought were established (it appears that
> Sephoris also housed such schools, but perhaps even more importantly
> (2) that the authority you have (as it turns out, wrongly) appealed to,
> i.e., Crossan (see his _Birth of Christianity_, 334-335 as well as his
> HJ 421), to support your conclusion that Jesus **was** exposed to
> Greco-Roman Cynic philosophy in Tyre and Sidon, does not believe the
> difficulty you postulate as the primary grounds for that conclusion
> actually exists. In fact, he explicitly states on the very page you
> cited that, quite contrary to your claim, even had Jesus never traveled
> beyond or outside of Nazareth, his "sight and knowledge of Cynicism"
> would have been "... neither inexplicable not unlikely".
> So if your case is relying on Crossan as it's buttress, it's not a very
> sturdy case.
> Jeffrey Gibson
> Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
> 1500 W. Pratt Blvd. #1
> Chicago, IL 60626
mentioned in the NT when several other cities are? If there was a
Nazareth at the time it would have been part of the socioeconomic and,
presumably, cultural ambit of Sepphoris.
Martin Edwards BA(UEA) PGCE(Hull) RT(England and Wales)
No current institution.
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