Did a historical Jesus exist?
Yet there is very little documentation for any person from the time of Christ. Most ancient historical documents have been destroyed through the centuries, by wars, fires, and pillaging, or simply through weathering and deterioration.
Which early historians who wrote of Jesus did not have a Christian agenda? But they always regarded him as real. In another somewhat controversial passage, Josephus speaks more extensively of Jesus. His conduct was good, and he was known to be virtuous.
And many people from among the Jews and other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified, and he died. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive.
Accordingly, he was thought to be the Messiah. Early Roman historians wrote primarily of events and people important to their empire. However, two important Roman historians, Tacitus and Suetonius, do acknowledge Jesus as a real person.
Most scholars believe this is a reference to Christ. Suetonius also wrote of Christians having been persecuted by Nero in a. Christians were considered enemies of Rome because of their worship of Jesus as Lord rather than Caesar. The following Roman government officials, including two Caesars, wrote letters from that perspective, mentioning Jesus and early Christian origins.
Several early pagan writers briefly mention Jesus or Christians prior to the end of the second century. In total, nine early non-Christian secular writers mention Jesus as a real person within years of his death. If we were to consider Christian and non-Christian sources, there are forty-two who mention Jesus, compared to just ten for Tiberius.
These early non-Christian sources provide the following facts about Jesus Christ: Jesus was from Nazareth. Jesus lived a wise and virtuous life. Jesus was crucified in Judea under Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius Caesar at Passover time, being considered the Jewish king.
Jesus was believed by his disciples to have died and risen from the dead three days later. Harvest House, Baker, Multnomah, Kregel, The quote is from book 20 of the Antiquities.
However, the Arabic translation cited here was not under the control of Christians and so alterations by them would have been virtually impossible. The quote is from Annals Did a man called Jesus of Nazareth walk the earth? Discussions over whether the figure known as the “Historical Jesus” actually existed primarily reflect disagreements among atheists.
Which early historians who wrote of Jesus did not have a Christian agenda? First of all, let’s look to Jesus’ enemies.
Jewish Historians: The Jews had the most to gain by denying Jesus’ existence. Do Any First Century Historians Mention the Jesus of Christianity?
by Kenneth Harding, Any historian writing decades or centuries after the events could only write of those things which he had heard others say.
But as Josephus did not embrace Christianity, and as this passage is not quoted or referred to until the beginning of the. A skeptic asks: “The Bible makes a lot of claims about Jesus' miraculous feats. But if all these amazing things really did happen, why didn't reputable contemporary historians write about them?
You'd think that phenomenon like a great darkness at Noon (crucifixion), or bright stars moving across the sky toward Bethlehem (), would have been reported by other historians.
If Jesus existed, why didn't a single historian of the day recorded this 'Jesus' figure whatsoever regardless of all those amazing miracles he made in front of hundreds of thousands?
We have sufficient historical evidence to say a historical preacher did exist, whereas the evidence does not point to a mythic Jesus in any way, quite the opposite. That's a significant difference. "One asserts that everything about him is fabricated.