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The Existence of Jesus: How do we know if Jesus even lived?

By January 24, 2017 No Comments
  1. Many historians who are not Christians consider the historical evidence for the existence of Jesus as excellent. For example, Bart Ehrman, a prominent and popular critic of Christianity who teaches Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, recently wrote: “Of the thousands of scholars of early Christianity who do teach at such schools [major—even minor—seminaries or universities], none of them, to my knowledge, has any doubts that Jesus existed” (Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, p. 2).
  2. The New Testament consists of over two dozen first-century books that speak about Jesus. For some reason, many people forget that the documents of the New Testament are ancient documents that go back to within 20 years of the life of Jesus.
  3. Other ancient writings outside the New Testament speak of Jesus, including the Roman historian Tacitus and the Jewish historian Josephus. (Click here for this article: Michael Gleghorn, “Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources.”)

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Rich Knopp

Rich Knopp

Program Director of Room For Doubt and the presenter for Room For Doubt’s seminars and workshops at conventions, conferences, colleges, Christian camps, and churches. He provides and manages the content on the R4D website and mobile app and writes the scripts for the program’s animated videos.