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The Golden Rule [Jun. 22nd, 2011|11:00 am]
Tony Grist
Because I'm a lazy sod I've never actually researched the allegation that the sayings of Jesus are plagiarised. Perhaps I will. One shouldn't pass these things on without being sure of the facts. The alleged sources are Jewish, Egyptian even Buddhist. Would first century writers in the Middle East have had access to Buddhist teachings? I don't see why not? If the citizens of Pompeii had Hindu figurines on their sideboards- and they did- why not Buddhist scriptures in their libraries?

One (positive) way of viewing the Christian scriptures is as a compendium of the wisdom of the ages.
 
OK, I'm going to do the research. How hard can it be? Here's something for starters.
 
One of the things Jesus is supposed to have originated, only he didn't  is the so-called golden rule. Among those who got there before him was the great Jewish rabbi, Hillel (who died c. AD 10). Challenged to summarise the Law while standing on one leg, Hillel came up with, "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn."
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-22 02:05 pm (UTC)
Something that's beginning to interest me is the crossover between Christianity and Buddhism- both of which were producing key scriptures at around the same time.
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2011-06-22 02:43 pm (UTC)
I think the key thing is proselytizing by Graeco-Bactrian missionaries. That they arrived in Rome, complete with Indian religious ideas, is actually well attested: one member, a monk, set himself on fire in Athens and the event was well-attested at the time.
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2011-06-22 02:43 pm (UTC)
That would be first century.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-23 09:18 pm (UTC)
There was trade too I believe- going both ways. And thanks to Alexander, Greek culture already had a foothold in Afghanistan and Northern India.
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