The Religious A priori


Historical Jesus






Index


The Topos of Historicity for the Historical Jesus
An essay on the nature of historicity and the importance of historical claims regarding Jesus.


Historical Jesus Arguments

proving the historical existence of Jesus of Nazerth; evidence from scular histoirans such as Jospehus, Tascitus,Thallus and Phelgon,Lucian, Suetonius, Galen, Celsus,the Talmud; Is there historical proof of Jesus' existence?
I. Overview.


Overview: dealing with the atheist argument from silence. Issues pertaining to documentation for the Historicity of Jesus. Defense of secular soruces in fist and second century that mention Jesus. List of scholars who accept that Joesephus passages about Jesus are authentic.

II. The Evidence from Chruch "Fathers."

Early Christian writers who knew friends of Jesus

Historical proof for Jesus exsitence.
A.Paul
B.Clement of Rome
C.Philip of Hireopolis
D.Papias
E.Polycarp

III.Ancient Secular and Jewish Historians.


One of many pages discussing historians of the first two centuries, not Christian, who speak of Jesus.

A.Josephus (3 pages)
B.Tacitus
C-D. Thallus and Phelgon
E. Lucian
F-H. Suetonius, Galen, Celsus,
I.Talmud (2 pages)



IV. No Alternate Versions (3 pages).


The argument that most myths proliferate over time, but there is only one version of the Jesus story that is ever told, and it was basically the same from the begining. This is an indication that the facts are historical and everyone knew it from the begining.

Rebuttle to Peter Kirby's diatribe

Kirby's attempted refutation of the "no other verisons" argument; I've answered it on message boards before, so here is my answer again.

V. The Web of Historicity.

Everyone in the Jesus story is historical, the places, the events, the characters; everything around Jesus and everyone i the story who knew him really lived, why wouldn't the center peice of the story be historical too?


VI. Gosple Behind the Gospels

34 Lost Gospel,many of which we now have in whole or in part (some only in theory) testify to the fact that Jesus was always understood as a flesh and blood human in a historical context. Also shows canonical material was transmitted orally or in written form for a long time before the writting of the final verisons of the canoinical gospels.

VII.Community as Author: contemporary witnesses

This is corss refereced on Bible index.Sceptics make the argument that there are no contemporary witnesses. This argument says that the authors of the gospels were the communitie themselves and they constitute thosuands of contemporary witnesses.

Jospehus' Many Jesuses (Myther argument)


Some mythers try to porve a list of People Jospehus could have had in mind when he mentioned Jesus.

Did Nazareth Exist at the time of Jesus?

Did Jesus live in Nazareth? Some skeptics calim that Nazareth never existed in the time of Christ as an inhabited village. Archaeological excavations prove that it did. Nice graphics of excavaton sites.







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