Re: historicity of Christ

From: Jonathan Clarke (
Date: Tue Jun 12 2001 - 05:47:16 EDT

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    Hi George

    george murphy wrote:

    > [snip]
    > Whether Jesus rose from the dead, performed miracles, was the
    > Messiah, &/or Son of God, &c - i.e., all the theological claims which
    > Christians have made about Jesus - is another matter. These are the
    > beliefs that many people in various ways have attributed to hellenistic
    > mystery cults and so forth.

    You are doubtless more knowledgeable about this than I, but I suspect that
    this type of criticism is best answered by looking at the cultural
    likelihood of such beliefs arising in 1st century Judaism, especially after
    the execution of the leader of the movement. There were many messiah
    figures in the 1st century AD and BC in Judea and Galilee, none had such
    stories associated with the birth, life and death.


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