Skeptic Mantra #14

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The Talmud, Sanhedrin 43a

Tacitus, Annals 15.44

Josephus, Antiquities 18:63-64

Josephus, Antiquities 20:9.1

Lucian, The Passing of Peregrinus

Pliny, Letters 10.96-97

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all the historical references to Jesus. These are just to get you started. If you’ve got more, feel free to add to ’em in a comment.

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6 thoughts on “Skeptic Mantra #14

  1. “Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all the historical references to Jesus.”

    It is interesting to note that none of the references were made while Jesus was supposed to have been alive.

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  2. Well, I could have thrown the New Testament documents in there, but I didn’t.

    If I may, let me ask:

    1) Can you share with us the name of an ancient historian who lived contemporaneously with Jesus?

    2) Can you give us a more reasonable explanation for the existence and growth of a movement if it was, given your premise, started by a non-existent person?

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. It’s appreciated!

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  3. @Notascientist

    2010/01/10 – Still no response.

    Let me restate my questions and change one of them to make it a little easier to respond:

    1) Can you share with us the name of an ancient historian who lived contemporaneously with Jesus?

    3) Can you share with us the name of an ancient historian who wrote about events in the pre-first century AD / first century AD time period?

    Your interaction is appreciated and helpful. Thanks.

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  4. @Notascientist

    2010/01/23 – Still no response.

    OK. Your lack of response it interesting. May I throw this out here, if only for myself?

    Could the reason there’s no response be obvious? That is, could it be that all the people who wrote histories about the first century did, in fact, mention Jesus? And then there’s those annoying eye-witness accounts from the first century in the New Testament — oh, but those don’t count, my mistake! (Readers take note.)

    Thoughts?

    Interaction is essential to a conversation / discussion. You’re welcome to comment as you wish.

    Thanks!

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