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Two Ancient Sources for the Existence of Jesus

 Here are two  Ancient writer who make refernces to Jesus.One is Josephus who was a Pharissee,who composed his history of the Jews and wrote about the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.The Other is Corneilius Tacitus who was a secretary to the Emperor Trajan.He was a pagan, who wrote the history of Rome from: Augustus Caesar to the Emperor Domitian .Tacitus  lived in the early part of the Second Century.

 
Flavius Josephus “The Antiquities of the Jews  Book 18:3
(75 A.D.)” He make references to Christ dying on the cross and rising again on the third day.

3. Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

 

“The Annal of Tacitus” Book 11 (109 A.D).Tacitus on the Great Fire of Rome in 64 A.D.He said”That the Emperor Nero blamed the Christians for setting the fire”.Tacitus uses the Latin word Christus to describe Christ. He even mention the Governor Pontius Pilate who sentenced Jesus to the Cross(He uses the Latin word  Pontius Pilatus).

Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.

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One Response to “Two Ancient Sources for the Existence of Jesus”

  1. This is great! I’ve always been fascinated by the “extra-biblical” sources which support the Bible. I find it interesting that throughout history, those who were antagonistic toward Christianity have actually attested to its credibility (though I don’t believe that Josephus was antagonistic as some would have us believe, but I won’t get into that here)! It seems that no matter how hard the critics try to diminish Christ’s existence, they only further solidify it. I think you may have just inspired my next post. 😉 Thanks for posting this.


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