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Existence Do you believe the Bible to be historically accurate and true? We assure you that you are not alone. Those who defend the Bible often have to counter arguments that cast doubt on the book’s reliability and historical veracity. Contradictory historical accounts, mistranslations, and cultural differences are just a few of the reasons why, in my opinion, many people are skeptical of the Bible’s claims.

However, there is a mountain of proof that Jesus existed and that the Bible is accurate. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most important historical sources that back up the biblical accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry, and discuss why these sources, which aren’t found in the Bible, make for a compelling case for the reliability of the Bible and the historical Jesus.

Non-Christian Historic Roman Historians That Support the Bible

The Roman Empire was the most powerful political and cultural force during Jesus’ lifetime. Several Roman historians documented early Christian beliefs and practices, including Jesus’ crucifixion. These documents corroborate the events and people mentioned in the Bible and shed light on the historical setting in which they occurred.

Tacitus the Great Accounts Support the Bible

Tacitus is widely considered to be one of the greatest ancient Roman historians and one of the most influential historians of the Roman Empire in the first century A.D. In his book “Annals”, Tacitus details how Emperor Nero persecuted early Christians because of their faith and the fact that they had followed Christ under Pontius Pilate. The essential details of the Gospels are confirmed, and the historical reality of the crucifixion of Jesus is established.

Syllogism:

Tacitus, one of the greatest ancient Roman historians and most influential historians of the Roman Empire in the first century A.D., wrote in his book “Annals” about how Emperor Nero persecuted early Christians because of their faith and their following of Christ under Pontius Pilate. He confirmed the essential details of the Gospels and the historical reality of Jesus’ crucifixion. Tacitus described the early Christians as “a class hated for their abominations,” but his writing confirms that Jesus was a real historical figure who was crucified by Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius. Through Tacitus’ writings, it is clear that Jesus’ existence and crucifixion are historically reliable and valid.

Challenge:

Well, if you don’t care about the historical evidence for Jesus’s existence and the Bible’s accuracy, I suppose you can just ignore it and continue living in your own fantasy world. Or, if you really care about the truth, you can check the facts for yourself.

Suetonius the Notable That Support the Bible

Suetonius, a second-century AD Roman historian of note, wrote a biography of Emperor Claudius. The author of this biography discusses the expulsion of Jews from Rome, saying that it was caused by “rioting at Christus’ instigation.” Suetonius describes a conflict between Jews and Christians in first-century Rome, and many scholars believe that Chrestus refers to Christ despite the fact that his identity is unclear.

Syllogism:

Suetonius, a notable Roman historian of the second century A.D., authored a biography of Emperor Claudius. The author of this biography discusses the expulsion of Jews from Rome, citing “rioting at Christus’ instigation” as the cause. Suetonius describes a conflict between Jews and Christians in first-century Rome, and despite the ambiguity surrounding his identity, many scholars believe that Chrestus refers to Christ.

Thus, the writings of Suetonius provide historical evidence of the presence of Christians in early Rome and the possible influence of Christ on their conflicts with the Jewish community, bolstering the veracity of the Bible’s accounts.

Challenge:

So, why should one care that a Roman historian wrote about the animosity between Jews and Christians in ancient Rome and their subsequent expulsion? It’s not like we can apply or make use of anything Suetonius, a notable Roman wrote right? So you have a choice, just keep believing your own preconceived notions and ignore the evidence. Or, if you’re feeling bold, you can always verify the details and draw your own conclusions.

Non-Christian Jewish Historical Writers That Support the Bible

Several Jewish historians wrote about the events and people of the first century after Christ, in addition to Roman sources. These sources provide independent evidence of the existence of Jesus and his disciples, as well as valuable insights into the religious and cultural context of the Bible.

Josephus the Most Influential

Josephus one of the most influential Jewish historians, was born in Jerusalem during the first century A.D. and survived the Jewish War. In his Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus describes Jesus and his followers, including the facts that he was a wise teacher who performed miracles and was crucified under the authority of Pontius Pilate. Although some scholars believe that this passage was altered by later Christian scribes, the general consensus is that it contains accurate information about Jesus and his life.

The Great Talmud

The Talmud, a collection of Jewish writings from the second century A.D., contains numerous references to Jesus and his followers, including the claim that he was executed on the eve of Passover for practicing sorcery and deceiving Israel. Despite the fact that these accounts are antagonistic toward Jesus and the early Christians, they establish his historical existence and the influence of his teachings.

Syllogism:

A Jewish historian named Josephus documented the life of Jesus and his followers in the first century A.D. in his book “Antiquities of the Jews.” That Jesus was a brilliant teacher who did miracles and was executed by Pontius Pilate was confirmed by him. Most scholars agree that it accurately portrays Jesus, but a minority hold that it was tampered with by later Christian scribes. The Talmud, a collection of Jewish writings from the second century A.D., is also antagonistic towards Christians, but it contains references to Jesus and his followers. Some of these claims, such as Jesus’ execution on the eve of Passover for practicing sorcery and deceiving Israel, attest to Jesus’ historical existence and the influence of his teachings.

Challenge:

While it may seem like a brilliant idea to ignore the works of Josephus and the Talmud, I’m sure the brilliant mind who came up with that idea hasn’t fact-checked it. Why not take a closer look at the historical accounts and verify the accuracy of the information they contain, just to be on the safe side?

In conclusion, an abundance of non-Christian historical evidence confirms the existence of Jesus Christ and validates the claims of the Bible. Roman historians like Tacitus and Suetonius, as well as Jewish historians like Josephus and the Talmud, provide invaluable insights into the historical context of the Bible and independent confirmation of key events and figures. Although there is room for debate and discussion regarding the interpretation and significance of these sources, they provide compelling evidence for the veracity and dependability of the biblical accounts of Jesus’ life.

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Sources:

1. Tacitus, Cornelius. The Annals. Translated by John Jackson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1937. 2. Suetonius.

2. The Twelve Caesars. Translated by Robert Graves. New York: Penguin Classics, 1957.

3. Josephus, Flavius.

4. The Antiquities of the Jews. Translated by William Whiston. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1987. 4.

5. The Talmud. Translated by Jacob Neusner. New York: Hendrickson Publishers, 2011.