The Gospel and the Greeks, Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought? (Student Library)
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The Gospel and the Greeks, Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought? (Student Library)

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Formerly titled Christianity and the Hellenistic World. A critical examination of the claim that Christianity borrowed some of its essential beliefs and practices from Hellenistic philosophy, Greco-Roman mystery religions, and Gnosticism. "Professor Nash has written a lucid and superb book." (Professor Edwin Yamauchi, Miami University - Ohio)
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2012 by Presbyterian and Reformed (first published May 1992)
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Colin Smith
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...more
Lee Harmon
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. There, Jesu...more
Jeffrey Backlin
Good book arguing against the popular thesis of rising and dying gods and Jesus.
Jon Sorensen
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).
Mike Jorgensen
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.
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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Ronald H. Nash (PhD, Syracuse University) was a longtime professor at Western Kentucky University, Reformed Theological Seminary, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He was an heir of the theological tradition of Carl F.H. Henry, and was an lifelong admirer and student of Augustine of Hippo, his favorite philosopher.

He was the author of numerous books, including The Concept of God, Life'...more
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