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Jesus Written About in Secular History

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Uploaded on Oct 12, 2008

Some of the examples of secular and Jewish historical writings (some quite anti-Christian in tone) known for years by scholars. Below is the Josephus excerpt about Jesus from the much older, Arab-Christian source. "At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. His conduct
was good, and was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the
Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned
him to be crucified and to die. But those who had become his disciples
did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared
to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive,
accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets
have recounted wonders." One of the most important historical sources on early Judaism that is
still in existence today comes from the writings of Flavius Josephus.
Josephus was born around A.D. 37 (slightly after Jesus' death), and died
around 100 A.D. He was the son of a Judaean priest and was educated as a
Pharisee.

When the revolt of 66 A.D. first broke out, Josephus was the commander-in-chief of the Northern Jewish resistance against the Romans. After being captured
by the Romans, he determined that any further resistance was hopeless, and
from that point on, sided with the Romans. In 70 A.D. after serving as the
interpreter to Titus during the final siege on Jerusalem, he moved back
to Rome. There, under the patronage of successive Roman Emperors, he
wrote two large histories on the Jewish people--THE JEWISH WARS and THE
ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS.

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