From: Pattle Pak Toe Pun (Pattle.P.Pun@wheaton.edu)
Date: Thu Mar 13 2003 - 15:13:33 EST
See the following secular historical sources written shortly after Christ
for reference to Jesus indicating his historicity but also implying his
Josephus(Jewish historian): Antiquities: James, brother of Jesus the
Christ, stoned to death because of his dedication to Christ.
Tacitus (Roman historican): The Histories(?): Nero's conflagration of
Rome, blamed on Christians, a mischievous superstition, broken up but
spread to Rome.
Hope these help.
Professor of Biology,
Wheaton, IL 60187
On Thu, 13 Mar 2003, Sondra Brasile wrote:
> Hi all!
> You guys are so good at what you do (speculate and argue ;) haha) and so
> "learned" I wanted to ask your advice.
> I'm doing an assignment and I have write an argument essay, I've decided
> after two weeks of torture trying to come up with a subject, to do it on the
> historicity of Jesus. I was beginning to change my mind until I researched
> that ossuary more (which I left for last). I know it's pretty new, but what
> do you guys think about it? Do you guys think that it's been pretty
> successful, as far as 'proof' is concerned, that Jesus really lived? Of
> course I believe that the Bible is more than enough "proof" but I have to
> convince non-believers that he at least walked on this earth. Whether he was
> the son of God or not isn't my problem at this point; thank goodness!
> I haven't read a secular source, yet that doesn't seem to believe it is
> authentic and that doesn't say that the chances of it being another
> (coincidental) trio are slim to none. They seem to agree it has to refer to
> the Jesus, James and Joseph in the Bible.
> Can anyone help me out?
> Thank you so much!
> Sondra Brasile
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