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I kinda think this is more of an anthropological topic than an Inner Space one, but don't want to push it with the mods.

I'm fascinated by the question of how different belief systems interacted with each other and adopted or transformed elements from that exchange.

Pythagoras for example is believed to have visited India, which makes sense with his belief in reincarnation and nearly Vedantic philosophy. Pythagoras leads to Plato, who developed the idea of The One in his Republic - a universal divine source for all. From there Aristotle (it's fascinating to think this was Alexander the Great's belief system) intellectually bounced around with Plato's ideas and they seem a bit in limbo until...

Jesus.

Jesus was by all accounts literate and highly intelligent, even as a child debating in the synagogue. Living in a highly Hellenized area in a highly literate society, how can we believe he DIDN'T read Plato or the Greek philosophers?

Just wondering if Christianity (as Jesus taught not the religions named after Him) was significantly influenced by ultimately Vedantic practices.

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