Did Jesus have enough followers to have warranted notice of his existence by Rome?
Americans, only answer if you know of 2,000 year old European history
- UserLv 72 months ago
Based on what the Bible teaches
I would argue: "Of course not. It barely came to the attention of the local Governor, Pontius Pilate, and he was so convinced that it wasn't a problem worthy of addressing that he tried to get another official to deal with the matter."
- JeancommunicatesLv 72 months ago
The historian, Josephus, spoke of Rome and the Christians. Nero was very cruel and put many Christians in the Rome arenas as sport for the bulls and lions. Josephus said Jesus did things that man cannot do, surprising things. He said Jesus won over both Jews and Gentiles. Tacitus spoke of Jesus and His crucifixion by Pontius Pilot. Josephus and Tacitus were both historians and they wrote of Jesus Christ. Pontius Pilot wrote of Jesus Christ an innocent man.
- Anonymous2 months ago
The knowledge of Him, the belief of Him, first became so popular in Israel, that the Sanhedrin were the first to find Him as a threat... later on it was Rome who saw His followers and teachings as a threat as their people were becoming Christians. Persecutions were occurring in Israel, and people fled to other places, but then as Christianity spread in those places, those in power became threatened and then Christians either stayed where they were and faced persecution, or moved on to other areas and spread the gospel in those locations.
The more Rome persecuted the Christians, the more their numbers grew, so outward persecution was not effectual for stopping the movement, so the tactics of Rome changed, and the Emperor Constantine formed the cult of Roman Catholicism, which mixed paganism with Christianity, though Christianity was merely a veneer -- so Rome could put all things underneath its feet, both the pagan realm and the going Christian movement that it couldn't stop. The first pope is said to be Gregory, and it certainly was not Peter, as Peter was never a pope. The only Holy Father is God, not the emperors of Rome. And the church fathers of Rome, are not Biblical apostles. Secular historians wrote of the Christians, and they knew that the Christians worshiped Jesus as God. Paul did missionary work from place to place, settling down in Rome and preaching from his own house in Rome and he was a citizen of Rome, though he was a Jew by ethnicity.
- BryceLv 72 months ago
The good citizens of Jerusalem asked the Roman authority to execute Jesus because he was a crackpot, a liar, and a fraud.
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- 2 months ago
What do you mean by "Rome"? The provincial Roman authorities in Judea? The Emperor and his court? The general population of Rome? Your question is too vague to answer.
- dewcoonsLv 72 months ago
Christians are explicitly mentioned in Suetonius' biography of the Emperor Nero as among those punished during Nero's reign. These punishments are generally dated to around AD 64, the year of the Great Fire of Rome. In this passage Suetonius describes Christianity as excessive religiosity as do his contemporaries, Tacitus and Pliny.
Since there is historical reference by three Roman historians to the existence of the Christians during the time of Nero, there must have been enough of them that they were noticed.
- FingersLv 72 months ago
If he did, he would have been mentioned by name in ancient writings. His supposed miracles would have been written about, his death and reanimation would have been written about. But there is nothing outside of the bible.
- GodLv 72 months ago
Pliny the Elder lived from about 20 AD to 79 AD. He wrote about everything. He did not write one word about Jesus Christ. This is strong evidence that Jesus Christ never existed.