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  Historicity Of Jesus FAQ
This "FAQ", often referred to as the "Historicity of Jesus" FAQ, is neither exhaustive, nor does it attempt to answer the question of whether Jesus of Nazareth really lived or not.
About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and as a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly.
In particular, Josephus probably did not claim that Jesus was the Messiah, or that he rose from the dead.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/scott_oser/hojfaq.html   (2757 words)

  Historicity of Jesus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the historical setting in which Jesus is said to have lived, see Cultural and historical background of Jesus; for historical perspectives on Jesus' life, assuming he existed, see Historical Jesus; for discussion of the theory that Jesus is entirely mythical, see Jesus as myth.
The historicity of Jesus (i.e., his existence as an actual historical figure), is accepted as a theological axiom by three world religions, Christianity, Islam and the Bahá'í Faith, based on their respective scriptures.
Jesus is also a large factor in New Testament apocrypha, works that some early Christians, notably in the Council of Laodicea, chose to exclude from the canon, based on judgments regarding whether or not they were inspired by God.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Historicity_of_Jesus   (4796 words)

 Historicity of Jesus/Temp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The existence of Jesus, known by Christians as Jesus Christ (Jesus the Messiah), is accepted by the followers of three world religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, on the basis of their respective scriptures - the Bible, the Torah and the Qur'an.
Although the existence of a historical figure named Jesus is commonly accepted by Christians and non-Christians alike, there is a school of thought which sees Jesus as a later interpolation into one of the mystery religions (Gnosticism) which resemble Christianity.
Although there is much evidence of Jesus attested by the Bible and the New Testament apocrypha (those works which the Council of Laodicea did not consider valid), those arguing against Jesus' historicity argue that since these are works written for religious reasons, their validity on this point is suspect.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Historicity_of_Jesus/Temp   (2503 words)

 SmartWithHeart.org - Challenging the Historicity of Jesus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Finally, and perhaps most devastating to those who seek to defend the historical Jesus, the gospel writers (whose actual identities are not known) did not write their accounts during the time of Jesus's life or just after his death.
Assuming Jesus did walk this earth, one must be baffled by the fact that the early epistle writers seem totally unconcerned with where he went.
Though none of the quests for the historical Jesus have much emphasized the letters of Paul and the other early Christians, that is where the most likely answers to the Jesus mystery reside.
smartwithheart.org /NoJesus.php   (4382 words)

 Arthur Drews - The Denial of the Historicity of Jesus in Past and Present
This is Klaus Schilling's summary in English of Arthur Drews' article "Die Leugnung der Geschichtlichkeit Jesu in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart", on the history of the denial of the historicity of Jesus, at http://www.radikalkritik.de/leugnung.htm at Radikal Kritik.
In the final conclusions, Drews describes the social consequences of a denial of historicity, and explains why so many theologians and secular researchers stick to historicity, though the ahistoricity of Jesus is scientifically as sure as that of Romulus and Remus, or the seven legendary kings of Rome.
It is obvious that no serious researcher could claim the historicity of Jesus, unless it were the savior of the dominating religion of the prevailing culture.
www.egodeath.com /drewshistorymythiconlyjesus.htm   (10846 words)

 Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
After an appraisal of recent scholarship on the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Professor William Craig contends that "the resurrection appearances, the empty tomb, and the origin of the Christian faith - all point unavoidably to one conclusion: the resurrection of Jesus".
So complete has been the turn-about during the second half of this century concerning the resurrection of Jesus that it is no exaggeration to speak of a reversal of scholarship on this issue, such that those who deny the historicity of Jesus' resurrection now seem to be the ones on the defensive.
Jesus did not die on the cross, but was taken down and placed alive in the tomb, where he revived and escaped to convince the disciples he had risen from the dead.
www.leaderu.com /truth/1truth22.html   (5290 words)

 The Historicity of Jesus Chapter 8   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Of the same type is the evidence derived from the non-canonical gospel fragments.[1] Regardless of the judgment we may pass upon the historicity of the details the apocryphal gospels narrate, they show that the notion of an earthly Jesus was uniformly accepted as a basal fact with which all varieties of interpretation had to reckon.
In the Slavonic version the story of Jesus' life is told in outline, his superhuman nature is clearly acknowledged, his marvelous deeds and wonderful teaching are mentioned, and such items as the betrayal, crucifixion, watch at the tomb, and resurrection are attested.
Jesus refused to be a messianic agitator and thus he became, from a standpoint such as Josephus is likely to have taken, a negligible factor in Jewish history.
www.christianorigins.com /case/ch8.html   (5917 words)

 Apologetics.org - Book Excerpt - Scaling the Secular City: The Historicity of the New Testament by J.P. Moreland
One of the central claims of Christianity is that Jesus of Nazareth was the incarnate Son of God who died on the cross to atone for the sins of humanity and rose bodily from the dead.
Other tests for historicity have been formulated, some of which are these: a document has a high probability of reliability if it is a personal letter, is intended for small audiences, is written in unpolished style, [9] and contains trivia and lists of details.
Jesus was probably crucified in A. As Christianity expanded from that time, it began as a religion immersed in Jewish culture; it eventually penetrated Gentile culture as the gospel was spread.
www.apologetics.org /books/historicity.html   (10073 words)

 The Historiography of the Jesus Myth
Case's The Historicity of Jesus is one of the earliest book-length scholarly refutations of the Jesus Myth I have found.
The Historicity of Jesus was published by the University of Chicago in 1912.
After discussing references to the historical Jesus in the Epistles of Paul, France frankly concedes that it is from the Gospels that we gain the bulk of the evidence for Jesus.
www.bede.org.uk /price8.htm   (6080 words)

 Historicity of Jesus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
When Jesus died, three of the gospels recorded that there were three hours of darkness upon the land.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, Why have you forsaken me?” Jesus was separated from his Father for three straight hours, bearing all the bad deeds of all of mankind.
Another historian, Philipon, confirms the historicity of Phlegon’s statement when he writes, “Phlegon mentioned the eclipse which took place during the crucifixion of the Lord Christ, and no other (eclipse), it is clear that HE DID NOT KNOW from his sources about any (similar) eclipse in previous times.
www.biblegems.org /historicity_of_Jesus.html   (1229 words)

 The Historicity Of Jesus
It appears that the Christian writings that give Jesus a historical place only appeared in the closing years of the first century and even these took quite some time to be established and accepted.
Jesus' speech about drinking blood to a Jewish audience in John 6; it has to be rejected if the Synoptics are accepted as it conflicts with them, eg.
The l Cor l5:3-8 passage does not link Jesus to any specific historical time; it simply reports that he died, was buried, was raised, and had appeared to a number of people alive in Paul's time.
www.holysmoke.org /hs00/jc-hist.htm   (2506 words)

 bible.org: Jesus' Baptism: Its Historicity and Implications   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Since the focus of this essay is the historicity of Jesus’ being baptized and its significance, we cannot simply make the assertion of historicity; we must weigh the historical evidence and render a historical judgment.
The focus of this essay is on Jesus’ baptism by John and so, given the prominence of reinterpreting the theophany narrative with Christian theological and apologetic concerns, it is best methodologically to proceed first with examining the significance of Jesus’ baptism by John apart from the possible implications of the theophany.
Jesus’ own baptizing ministry, therefore, must be seen in continuity with what precedes it (i.e., his own baptism) and what follows it (i.e., his high opinion of John).
www.bible.org /page.asp?page_id=3196   (15074 words)

 Bible Proofs and Historicity of Jesus
So, on Sunday morning there was, at the bequest of Jesus’ enemies, a contingent of Roman soldiers guarding the tomb of Jesus to prevent His disciples from stealing His body and then claiming that He resurrected from the dead.
Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.’ Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.
Of course, Jesus’ body was gone and the evidence left behind in the tomb indicated that the work that had been done there was of Divine and not human origin.
www.allanturner.com /bibleproofs.html   (10128 words)

 The Historicity of Jesus the Nazarene
Debates concerning Jesus as a historical figure center on two issues: the role of God in natural and human history, and the veracity of the New Testament as a historical source.
The primary source of historical knowledge about Jesus is contained within the Christian Gospels which many historians believe to have originated from sources written within living memory of Jesus (but later lost, and remaining lost).
Many historians accept the New Testament as evidence for the historical existence of Jesus; but there is much less acceptance of the basic narrative of his life and death, and far less for any miraculous claims, among professional historians and liberal biblical scholars.
www.thenazareneway.com /historicity_of_jesus.htm   (1024 words)

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According to the New Testament, Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem in Judea.
In fact, the Encyclopaedia Britannica commits over 20,000 words to Jesus, and says with respect to his historicity that it wasn’t until the end of the 18th Century that it was disputed for the very 1st time — and that on inadequate grounds.
On the historicity of Jesus Christ, that’s the CRI Perspective.
www.equip.org /free/CP1209.htm   (421 words)

 Christian Life Worship Center - Church in Chester, Virginia VA - Chesterfield, Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, ...
This assault by a small group of European philosophers, led by German historian Bruno Bauer, set in motion a movement centered on disproving the historicity of Jesus, alleging that Jesus was a mental invention of second century Christians under the influence of Greek philosophy.
Answering skeptical charges on the historicity of the Gospels is a choice of two paths; either the authors recorded accurate evidence about a historical Jesus or, within a single generation, they created a complex and intricate web of lies that men died excruciating and horrible deaths defending.
The value of the Josephus comments for the historicity of Jesus is striking because of his discernible lack of interest in the subject of Jesus and His insignificant movement.
www.christianlife.cc /articlesdetail.asp?ID=157   (3393 words)

 Did Jesus Exist -- The Probing Mind
One of these, Jesus ben Pandira, reputed a wonder-worker, is said to have been stoned to death and then hung on a tree on the eve of a Passover in the reign of Alexander Jannæus (106-79 BC) at Jerusalem.
The other, Jesus ben Stada, whose date is uncertain, but who may have lived in the first third of the second century CE, is also said to have been stoned and hanged on the eve of a Passover, but at Lydda.
Since Jesus is frequently referred to as "Jesus of Nazareth," it is interesting to learn that the town now called Nazareth did not exist in the first centuries BCE and CE.
www.atheists.org /church/didjesusexist.html   (7083 words)

 Apologetics Press - The Historicity of Jesus Christ
German historian, Adolf Harnack (1851-1930), declared that Jesus was so imposing that He was “far beyond the power of men to invent” and that those who treat Him as a myth are bereft of “the capacity to distinguish between fiction and the documentary evidence...” (as quoted by Harrison, 1968, p.
He also has admitted that the book of James was penned by a brother of the Lord within two decades of Jesus’ death, that Paul authored all the books that bear his name, and that John, the apostle, wrote the fourth Gospel (1976).
Another line of evidence establishing the historicity of Jesus is the fact that the earliest enemies of the Christian faith did not deny that Christ actually lived (see Hurst, 1897, 1:180-189).
www.apologeticspress.org /articles/87   (1670 words)

 Historicity of Jesus Christ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
German historian, Adolf Harnack (1851-1930), declared that Jesus was so imposing that He was "far beyond the power of men to invent" and that those who treat Him as a myth are bereft of "the capacity to distinguish between fiction and the documentary evidence.
Another line of evidence establishing the historicity of Jesus is the fact that the earliest enemies of the Christian faith did not deny that Christ actually lived (see Hurst, 1897, 1:180-189).
He died a martyr, having served Jesus Christ for eighty-six years (suggesting that almost his entire life was dedicated to the Savior).
www.gospelgazette.com /gazette/1999/jan/page5.shtml   (1622 words)

 Josh McDowell's "Evidence" for Jesus -- Is It Reliable?
McDowell and Wilson argue the fact that Christians were willing to die for their beliefs is extremely unlikely unless there had been an historical Jesus.[78] However, it is unlikely that all of these martyrs had firsthand knowledge of the historicity of Jesus since Pliny did not even become Governor of Bithynia until around 110.
Mara Bar-Serapion is worthless as a witness to the historicity of Jesus.
Since we have no evidence that the historicity of Jesus or his crucifixion were questioned in the first three centuries, we should not be surprised that the passage was never quoted until the fourth century.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/jeff_lowder/jury/chap5.html   (12756 words)

 Jesus - A Very Jewish Myth by R.G. Price (Book) in Christianity
Readers will be introduced to all of the major points in the discussion of the historicity of Jesus, as well as all of the primary source materials that underly this topic.
Having made this case spectacularly well, Price then moves on to show why a historical Jesus is a less satisfying explanation for the foundation and eventual explosion of Christianity than a mythological Jesus.
He painstakingly explores how each and every one of the details of Jesus’ “life” can be traced back to either the Old Testament or some inter-testamentary work prior to the writing of the Gospel of Mark, the first known “biography” of the man Jesus.
www.lulu.com /content/687167   (1115 words)

 The Historicity of Jesus
There is a yet small, but growing movement that seeks to present Jesus Christ as a mythical figure, the product of wishful thinking that is totally devoid of any historic documentation that a man named Jesus who founded Christianity ever existed.
There are a number of ancient historians, writers, and educators whom we could introduce regarding the historic reality of a man named Jesus, the founder of the movement that bears his name, Christianity.
He was a teacher of such men as received the truth with pleasure….And when Pilate, at the instigation of the chief men among us, had condemned him to the cross, they who before had conceived an affection for him did not cease to adhere to him.
www.bibletruths.net /Sermons/BTSO159.htm   (1433 words)

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