Historicity of Christianity
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What is one of the first and foremost proofs fro Christianity?
That Christianity is grounded in history.
Is it reasonable that atheists should demand historical references to Jesus written by the Jews and Romans prior to Jesus' death?
No, because thse two groups rejected Jewsus and his teachings. The Jews wouldn't record an early history and the Romans would only be interested in him after his death and in trial records.
Tiberius Caesar Augustus
the Roman emperor at the time of Christ
Caesar Augustus' important reference
Luke 3:1- "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar..."
Roman historian and administrator that lived from 55A.D. to 120A.D.
Tacitus' important reference
Annals- "Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procuratos, Pontius Pilate."
Jewis historian who wrote The Antiquities of the Jews
Josephus' important reference
"At this time there was a wise man named Jesus...Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die...They (his disciples) reported that he appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive..."
Roman historian who lived from 69A.D. to 140A.D.
Suetonius' important reference
wrote The Lives of the Caesars- "As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he [Claudius' expelled them from Rome."
Pliny the Younger
Roman governor of Bythynia who wrote "letters to Trajan"
Pliny's important reference- "Meanwhile, in the case of those who were denounced to me as Christians... they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as a god..."
Atheist historian who wrote Jesus: A Historian's Review of the Gospels
Michael Grant's important reference
"We can no more reject Jesus' existence than we can reject pagan personages whose reality as historical figures is never questioned..."
What important information is gained about Jesus from the Talmud?
"They hanged Yeshu on the Sabbath of the Passover..."
What 8 important pieces of ihistorical information can be gleaned from Jewish and Roman sources about Jesus?
- A man by the name of Christ lived during the time of Tiberius
- Jesus was a wise man who was described by the populace a svirtuous
- He had a brother named James
- Pontius Pilate was responsible for his death
- He was killed on the eve of Passover
- The method of death was crucifixion
- His followers claimed he resurrected; he was the messiah, and he was God
- He had followers who spread all over Judea and even into Rome
Regarding the challenge to the historicity of Jesus, what challenge can be made to an atheist?
Find a few moderate historians with doctorates in their field to agree with their disbelief.
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