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Mosaic Law

Jesus taught people the spirit of the Law of Moses rather than a rigid prescriptive interpretation. This teaching combined with his message of repentance and virtuous behaviour irritated the Pharisees and Temple Priests so much that they wanted him silenced.

In this regard Jesus can be compared with Socrates the Athenian philosopher who saw himself as a 'gadfly' sent by the gods to irritate people and make them think about why they are alive and the purpose of their life.

Still Relevant

The message of these philosophers is as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago but the response of people today will probably be similar to the response of people who listened to these men back in the Roman era. Some listeners will accept the message, others will be disinterested and unmoved, and a few may even become resentful and angry.

Death

Both Jesus and Socrates were executed. Jesus was brutally scourged and then crucified by Roman soldiers in Jerusalem at the behest of the 'angry Sanhedrin' and Socrates was executed by hemlock poison in Athens by 'democratic decision'.

Socrate's Death

Jesus Parables

At times when Jesus was indignant about the commercialization of religious beliefs he presented his message forcefully and directly to the Jews he wanted to rebuke, but when he was teaching his followers he showed patience and compassion.

As a way of communicating his beliefs to unlearned listeners Jesus frequently used short-story parables. This way of teaching was similar to the story method used by Aesop the Greek slave. Aesop's Fables are short allegorical stories that use animals as the main characters and although some fables are amusing and can easily be remembered because of the humor they all contain a deeper meaning.

Aesop's Fables

Fables and parables hold a listener's interest but the deeper philosophical meaning sometimes requires clarification from the teacher to be fully understood. The Sower Parable attributed to Jesus is an example.

Sower Parable


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