A literary tour de force that analyzes and refutes the hypothesis that Jesus was a Cynic
Was Jesus really a Cynic? This book examines the arguments submitted by some New Testament scholars who believe that Jesus and his disciples were influenced by the ethics and social behaviors of Cynic preachers in Galilee.
In examining the “Cynic Jesus hypothesis,” Marie-Odile Goulet-Caze offers a reliable, accessible, and fully documented summary of Cynicism and its ideas, from Diogenes to the Imperial Period, and she investigates the extent and nature of contact between Cynics and Jewish people, especially in the first century BCE and CE. While recognizing similarities between the ideas and morals of ancient Cynicism and those evident in early Christian movements, Goulet-Caze identifies more significant, fundamental differences between them in terms of culture, theology, and worldview.
Marie-Odile Goulet-Caze has been a researcher at Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique in Paris, France, since 1978 and is now director emerita
of research at CNRS. She served as president of the International Society of
Classical Bibliography, which publishes L'Annee philologique, and she has
written several books on Cynicism and ancient philosophy.