Paul and Roman Stoicism: Romans 12 and Contemporary Stoic Ethics

Runar Thorsteinsson

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Exemplifying a rather widespread attitude among Pauline scholars, it has recently been argued on the basis of Rom. 12 that Paul differed sharply from the Stoics in his moral teaching. The present article aims to show that such a claim does not hold if and when the sources of Roman Stoicism are taken into consideration. A comparison of Paul’s moral teaching in Rom. 12 and contemporary Stoic ethics reveals that, whereas the two differ somewhat in scope (particular vs. universal), the differences are clearly outweighed by the many, striking similarities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-161
JournalJournal for the Study of the New Testament
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Religious Studies


  • Stoicism
  • Paul
  • ethics
  • moral teaching
  • Romans
  • agape


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