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Rabbi Michael Skobac claims Paul did not mention "literally anything whatsoever" about the life and teachings of Jesus. If true, this casts doubt on whether Paul knew anything about Jesus's life and teachings. For some (not Rabbi Skobac), they make this claim to support an argument that Jesus did not exist! We explore Paul's letters to show that Paul does mention Jesus's life and frequently echoes, alludes to, and even quotes Jesus's teachings.
00:00 - Introduction
00:59 - Rabbi Skobac's Objection
5:00 - Where Rabbi Skobac was right
5:36 - Why doesn't Paul tell us more about Jesus?
7:36 - What does Paul tell us about Jesus's life?
12:54 - Why doesn't Paul quote Jesus more?
17:02 - Does Paul mention the Sermon on the Mount?
19:25 - Does Paul mention Jesus's parables?
21:44 - Does Paul ever quote Jesus?
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Some other echoes and allusions to Jesus's teachings in Paul:
1 Corinthians 7:10-11 cf. Mark 10:9-12; Matt. 5:32
1 Corinthians 9:14 cf. Luke 10:7; Matt. 10:10
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 cf. Matt. 24:30-31
Some resources saying Paul talked about Jesus:
James Dunn, "Jesus Tradition in Paul," in Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research, ed. Bruce Chilton and Craig Evans.
Paul Eddy and Gregory Boyd, "The 'Silence' of Paul," in The Jesus Legend.
Seyoon Kim, "Jesus, Sayings of," in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.
Some resources saying Paul did not talk about Jesus:
E. Doherty, The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ?
G. A. Wells, The Historical Evidence for Jesus.