044 Parallels

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If you want to be crucified, just wait.

The cross will come.
If it seems reasonable to comply, and the circumstances are right,
then it's to be carried through, and your integrity maintained.

(Epictetus, Discourses 2.2.20; Oldfather, 1.228-231) [cited in Crossan, Historical Jesus (353)


Lachs [Rabbinic Commentary on the New Testament, 187] notes that there are no rabbinic parallels to this saying but that there are many rabbinic passages that share the idea that the faithful should be willing to face martyrdom for their beliefs, for instance:

The words of the Law are only established in a man who would die for them. [B.Ber. 63b]