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Old 07-20-2016, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by C9H20 View Post
Well, you're the Biblical expert (though I always found that an odd area of study for someone of your beliefs). How many documents from that era mention Jesus? And how many can fairly reliably said to be about him and not some other person named Jesus?
Primarily we have two independent sources: Tacitus mentions Jesus and his crucifixion by Pontius in Annals and we also have a mention by Josephus in Antiquities of the Jews.

It's not just being named in documents themselves that give him historical credence, but also the nature of his narrative, namely the fact that he was crucified by the Romans. Crucifixion is not exactly the sort of reputable act that you would want for a founding religious figure when evangelizing to Roman citizens in the Roman Empire. It's why even atheist/agnostic New Testament scholars such as Bart Ehrman have little doubts about the existence of a Jesus of Nazareth.

But yes, most of what we know about his life, unsurprisingly, does come from his followers (i.e. early proto-Christians), primarily in the epistles and Gospels, though these are not exactly given too much historical weight in terms of biographical veracity.
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