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Evidence For the Historical Jesus

He Really Existed

1) Josephus' Description of Jesus
 
Josephus was a famous historian during the time of Jesus. The pasted hisotrical source below was written by Josehpus. After cross referencing to a few other website which provides the same information, I can conclude that the contents of the source is reliable. This thus proved the existance of Jesus.
 

3. (63) Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works-a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; (64) and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

The Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3
From The Works of Josephus,
translated by William Whiston
Hendrickson Publishers, 1987

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2) Nazareth

Many do not believe the that Jesus existed because they believe that Nazareth did not exist in the first place. However, this was proved wrong by Bellarmino Bagatti in 1955. Excavation by the archarologist shown that there was an agricultural settlement on the site identified in the Bible's New Testament as Nazareth. The site dates back about 900 years before Christ was born. Evidence of the place being used during the Romans rule has been found.

In addition, excavation by Michael Avi-Yonah at Caesarea in 1962 discovered an artefact, a tablet with the name "Nazareth" contained on it. This tablet demonstrates that Nazareth existed at least as early as first century A.D

The above allows us to know that it is true that such a town called "Nazareth" existed. This is helpful to prove that Jesus was real.

3) Luke's Account

From the Bible, we will find that it contains tetimonies to the historical Jesus. For example, in the book of Luke 2:1-7 it says

"Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enrol himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)"

Joseph P. Free, professor of Bible and Archaeology at Wheaton College, has confirmed, through the discoveries of archaeology, the absolute reliability of Luke's report on these very points. The discovery of a number of papyrus writings which relate to Roman census. He cites one made about 9-6 B.C. 23 He tells us of an inscription found at Rome in 1828 indicating that Quirinius was governor of Syria, not once but twice, and also that William Ramsay, just before World War I, had found a monument in Asia Minor likewise implying two governorships for Quirinius.

This archaelogy prove showed that Luke's statements were reliable. Thus the existance of Jesus is proven positive.

4) Crucifixion

We cannot deny the fact that crucifixion ever existed in history. Jesus was put to death on the cross, executed by the brutual method. The evidence of cruxifixion will in turn lead to the evidence of Jesus being a real historical figure.

From my research, I learnt that there are many ancient sources that talk about crucifixion. Discovery of the evidence in archaeological form prove that there really was such an execution. An actual bone from a coffin which was found to have a nail still stuck in it. The nails stuck the person's heel bone against a bent or something so that it could not be removed without causing tearing of the tissue.

That was the way Jesus was put to death when we read accounts about Him. This shows that it is true He was real, as He went through an execution that was very true.

5) The Bible

Through archaeology, the Bible is historically accurate. Proof of the Bible's accurateness will in turn prove the existance of Jesus Christ, whose life was narrated by four gospels in the bible. We could confidently say that Jesus Christ was real, because it was said in the Bible, and many other sources. The Bible's reliability will not be doubted because scrolls of the words written in the Bible were found, in the Dead Sea, a untouched cave in the Judea Desert. Archaelogist also excavated sites that uncovers the location of the cities mentioned in the Bible, the artefact and lifestyle. Thus it is one of the strongest factor that contributes to the fact that Jesus Christ is. a real historical figure.

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