“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the 1st-Century Jewish historian Titus Flavius Josephus (Yosef ben Matityahu)” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 9

If you are not familiar with the writings of Josephus, you will be by the end of this article.  They have been at the center of the debate on the historicity of Jesus since the discovery of the "Testimonium Flavianum", or the testimony of Flavius Josephus, a section of his writings that supposedly reference Jesus. … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the 1st-Century Jewish historian Titus Flavius Josephus (Yosef ben Matityahu)” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 9

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the 2nd-Century Greek writer, chronicler & historian Phlegon of Tralles” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 8

Phlegon wasn't as well known as most of the other people I have referenced here on this blog as "evidence" for a historical Jesus, but his writings (202nd Olympiad to be specific) are often referenced by Christians as proof a living, breathing Messiah walked on planet Earth. So, it stands to reason that it needs … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the 2nd-Century Greek writer, chronicler & historian Phlegon of Tralles” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 8

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Stoic Philosopher, Mara bar-Serapion” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 7

Mara bar-Serapion was an early Stoic philosopher in the Roman province of Syria who seems to have lived in the latter part of the first century that penned a letter to his son that allegedly references Jesus.  Let's see how it holds up under the evidence.  Here is the letter with the paragraph containing the … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Stoic Philosopher, Mara bar-Serapion” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 7

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the second-century satirist and rhetorician, Lucian of Samosata” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 6

Biblical scholars that view history through a theological lens will often reference the writings of Lucian as proof that Jesus physically existed.  But this one is quickly debunked on the same grounds that the other references fall into. The work of his that is mentioned as a source for Jesus is entitled "The Passing of … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the second-century satirist and rhetorician, Lucian of Samosata” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 6

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Historian and Senator Tacitus” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 5

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (/ˈtæsɪtəs/ TASS-it-əs, Classical Latin: [ˈtakɪtʊs]; c.  56 – c.  120 AD) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. Tacitus is considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians.[1][2] He lived in what has been called the Silver Age of Latin literature, and is known for the brevity and compactness of his Latin prose, as well as for his penetrating insights into the psychology of power … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Historian and Senator Tacitus” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 5

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Governor, Pliny – the Younger” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 4

Pliny, the Younger (also known as Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo (61 CE – 113 CE) was a Roman Governor, among other titles, that penned a certain letter (Epistulae X.96) in which he recounts his dealings with "superstitious" Christians to Emporer Trajan.  He recounts how they were becoming a threat to the Roman Empire … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Governor, Pliny – the Younger” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 4

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Philosopher Celsus” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 3

Celsus was a second-century Greek philosopher and a very strong opponent of Christianity.  He was the author of a piece of work entitled "On The True Doctrine", which was a scathing attack on early Christianity.  This work prompted a severe backlash from the Roman Catholic Church which initially suppressed the book and in 448 CE … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Philosopher Celsus” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 3