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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."

[User Picture]From: ooxc
2011-06-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
Absolutely agree that it's only people who haven't really paid attention who think/claim that sayings of Jesus had never been said before - after all, he's quoted as saying that he's quoting!
i thin k that it was largely C S Lewis who scotched that idea for the 1940s and early 1950s, and pointed out that "mere" Christianity incorporates a huge bulk of pre-Christian ethics and beliefs - but I don't know how much he's read these days
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-22 08:03 pm (UTC)
I read Lewis- or some of Lewis in the 70s and 80s. I get the impression he's still very popular.
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