OTHER THAN THE BIBLE... what historical information is there on Jesus?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I asked that same question and while looking up other religions, wondering to myself if I was the only one who doubted those ideas and pretty sure, there are not very many other religions accepting Jesus as a real figure. However, other religions do believe that there is one god, but worship different forms of it. As like catholics do with Mary, god, the holy spirit, Jesus. SO as Christians, baptists, Pentecostals, catholics etc. all think that they are the right religion and only believe in one god, so do all the others. No one feels like having an open mind and exploring that all religions are the same, but just look at the mountain from a different side.

    Source(s): My own research.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus recorded information pertaining to Jesus, thus removing the only supporting source for His existence as being in the New Testament.

    Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, a member of a priestly family and who became a Pharisee at the age of 19, became the court historian for Emperor Vespasian. In the Antiquities, he wrote about many persons and events of first century Palestine. He makes two references to Jesus.

    Before Tacitus, Suetonius or Josephus, Thallus wrote about the crucifixion of Jesus.

    Two references have been made to a report by Pontius Pilate. The references include Justin Martyr (150 A..D.) and Tetullian (200 A.D.). Both references correspond with the fact that there was an official document in Rome from Pilate. The Pilate report detailed the crucifixion but also reported acts of miracles.

    Talmud - In Sanhedrin 43a, reference to Jesus is found.

    Other Talmud references to Jesus indicated that Jesus was "treated differently from others who led the people astray, for he was connected with royalty." These Talmud accounts were written long before the New Testament was assembled.

    The debate over the divinity of Christ may never end, but historical evidence has become more supportive of the fact that Jesus can be proved historically to have lived, to have been a dominant figure during his lifetime and of a major concern to the establishment of the Temple and of Rome.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is scant historical information on Jesus other than the Bible. Josephus is often mentioned but the authenticity of these writings has been questioned by many historians. Tacitus mentions a man by a similar name but many historians question whether he was even writing about Christ. Same with Suetonius. Most historians agree that Jesus lived. What that is based upon I don't know. No one wrote about Jesus during the time that he was alive. There are also no official records of his life such as a census record, tax document, or birth notation. Although there were definitely historians alive during the time that he lived, and although he has been said to have drawn multitudes, there is absolutely nothing written by a historian of his time that survives to this day..You can research all this for yourself. The bone box saying "James,the brother of Jesus has been determined to be a hoax and the Shroud of Turin has been determined to be from the Middle Ages. It looks as though the Bible is about the best we have to determine the life and death of Jesus. The earliest accounts of him in the Bible were written decades after his death. Good luck with this one.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That Pliny the Younger, Josephus, Suetonius, and Tacitus mentioned a person named Jesus does not prove an historical Jesus, as they were making references to early Christians and naturally would mention their BELIEF that there was an historical Jesus. That isn't proof that Jesus actually lived. Pliny condemned Christians as easily led fools. Suetonius made an obscure reference to a Jewish leader called "Chrestus." Tacitus, in his Annals (written c. 115 CE), mentions popular opinion about Christus, without historical details. Of the four, Flavius Josephus' writings, which document John the Baptist, James the Just, and possibly also Jesus, are of the most interest to scholars dealing with the historicity of Jesus, and many consider his Jesus reference to be counterfeit.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The extra-Biblical evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is verified by the following contemporary historical evidence sources; Flavius Josephus, Thallus, Phlegon, Pliny the Younger, Cornelius Tacitus, Suetonisu and Mara Bar-Serapion. You can verify more historical evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ at http://www.sonic.net/sentinel/rhjesus.html

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  • 1 decade ago

    well, since they didn't exactly have camcorders, you have to rely on what writing there was and word of mouth.

    technically the current Catholic Bible was a compliation of what at the time the Church accepted as legitimate writings of those who came after Christ (his Disciples, followers, believers, etc). There are many many writings which aren't included in the Bible.

    Modern discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls also document this time period.

    Also, Islam and Judaism (???) I believe accept the existance of Jesus. They simply don't believe him to be the Son of God or the "chosen one" whom everyone is waiting for.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Lots. Wikipidia is biased sometimes, I know, but search historical Jesus, or historocity of Jesus, and it will list books, and papers written LONG ago that mention Jesus, than research those independently. I have done it, there are non-christian refrences to Jesus, and atleast 5 of those have been credited as real. And not ALL of them, as a matter of fact, only a few refrence Jesus as a savior, the rest just say he was a man, not a God.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some consider the Book of Mormon a Second witness of Jesus Christ. However, like the Bible, one must consider the sources of original documentation and origin.

    Source(s): See http://lds.org for additional information and answers. They also have source documention for their beliefs.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Josephus wrote alot during Jesus time.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There was a Jewish historian, Josepheus, who was not a follower, and he recounted quite a bit about Jesus. The Romans also had Him documented as they were notorious record keepers.

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