Jesus the Great Philosopher

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Many of us tend to live as though Jesus represents the “spiritual part” of our lives. We don’t clearly see how he relates to the rest of our experiences, desires, and habits. How can Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity become more than a compartmentalized part of our lives?

Highly regarded New Testament scholar and popular teacher Jonathan Pennington argues that we need to recover the lost biblical image of Jesus as the one true philosopher who teaches us how to experience the fullness of our humanity in the kingdom of God. Jesus teaches us what is good, right, and beautiful and offers answers to life’s big questions: what it means to be human, how to be happy, how to order our emotions, and how we should conduct our relationships.

This book brings Jesus and Christianity into dialogue with the ancient philosophers who asked the same big questions about finding meaningful happiness. It helps us rediscover biblical Christianity as a whole-life philosophy, one that addresses our greatest human questions and helps us live meaningful and flourishing lives.


Your Personal Lord and Philosopher
Philosophers, Martyrs, and Canoes 
The Genius of Ancient Philosophy
The Bible as Philosophy?
The Philosophical “Big Ideas” in the Old Testament
The Philosophical “Big Ideas” in the New Testament
Educating Emotions
A Big Emotional Debate
Christianity’s Sophisticated Solution
Restoring Relationships
The Necessity of Relationships
Christianity’s Renewed Relationships
Being Human and Happy
Humans, We Have a Problem
Christianity’s Whole, Meaningful, and Flourishing Life

Jonathan T. Pennington (PhD, University of St. Andrews), a popular speaker, teacher, and preacher, is associate professor of New Testament interpretation and director of research doctoral studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Weight 450 g
Dimensions 216 × 140 × 14 mm

Pennington, Jonathan T., (Author)

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Brazos Press (2020), 240 pages

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