The newest fellow of the CHT, Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington of Southern Seminary, joins Dr. Dru Johnson to discuss how Jesus’ views interacted with the intellectual world of his day. This world was populated by both Hellenistic ideas, such as Stoic philosophy, and Jewish ideas, as well as hybrids of the two traditions. In this context, Jesus’ teachings, such as those in the Sermon on the Mount, generated sophisticated answers to ancient philosophical questions about, for example, the nature of true happiness and the good life.

Dr. Pennington engages this topic in more detail in his forthcoming book Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life.

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