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Jesus made clever quips -- Pagan cynic philosophers made them first

Jesus said clever things like "Let the dead bury the dead."   Modern New Testament scholarship finds a connection between these witty, anti-establismentarian sayings and the witty, anti-establismentarian sayings of the Pagan "cynic" philosophers.

You've maybe heard of Diogenes, the guy who lived in a barrel, and when Alexander the Great came to see him (Diogenes was famous), and asked him was there anything he, the Emperor, could do for him, said, "Yeah, stand out of my sun."  Just like that.  To the emperor.  What a hoot.  Diogenes was always saying stuff like that, and people didn't think he was snotty, they thought he was clever. Diogenes was a cynic philosopher.

Not only are many of Jesus sayings suspiciously cynic sounding, turns out there was a famous hotbed of cynic philosophy right in Galilee, right when Jesus lived.  Cynics by the way were famous for not owning things, and for walking around talking about the meaning of life.  Sound familiar?

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