The ever-impressive Luke Timothy Johnson explores Matthew's portrait of Jesus as teacher in this lecture. LTJ sets Jesus' view of happiness in conversation with other ancient philosophers.
I'd love to hear what students of ancient philosophy think about his assessment of Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus. Does LTJ get their view of happiness right? And would elements of Jesus' sermon on the mount seem vulgar to them, as LTJ claims?
I would have liked to hear him bring Theodorus the Atheist into this discussion.
p.s. My thanks to Jeff Peterson for pointing me to this lecture.