Regardless of your religious view of him, do we know for a fact that Jesus as a person existed?
- JimBrewskiLv 52 months agoFavourite answer
Scholars have a solid basis for believing that Jesus existed. Regarding the references made by first- and second-century historians to Jesus and the early Christians, the Encyclopædia Britannica, 2002 Edition, says: “These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds at the end of the 18th, during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries.”
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- 1 month ago
he is mentioned about in historical records, for example the historian josephus who was a jew was commisioned by the romans at that time to record for history all the things that were happening,and he mentions jesus in his records. we also have records and artifacts for rulers at that time such as tiberius ceasar, there are many people from our history who have not left literal proof, for example william shakespeare, but he is mentioned by his contempories and we have his writings (even these could have been written by someone else as some suppose,), and yet most people have no doubt that he existed, we can assume he was a literal person, the same with jesus.
- Ordinary GuyLv 62 months ago
yes records show he was the son of Joseph and Mary. The virgin birth is not believed.
- PaulLv 72 months ago
There is far more historical documentation for Jesus than for any other person from 2,000 years ago, much of it written by people who knew Him personally and lived with Him daily for several years. A historian's treasure chest! And many of these documents have been gathered into a single book for easy reference.
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- SBR32277Lv 72 months ago
The simple answer is no. If anything, there is evidence to support that the NT writers simply made up the character of Jesus based on their interpretations of the Greek translated OT called the Septuagint. Questions like why did Matthew and Luke use the writings of Mark or why does the earliest writer Paul/Saul never ask the locals about a historical Jesus that walked the same area as Paul. You have Luke saying he is doing research, Mark saying that Peter told him the tales, the Gospel of Peter labeled as not trust worthy, etc. This leads to not even having a historical figure to tell tall tales about because we can see where they get their information with no hint of a historical personality or personalities in sight. What people consider evidence for a historical Jesus amounts to a legend coming about from the stories and people referring to the legend, not the actual person. The earliest outside source is Josephus who was born 37a.d. where the stories about Jesus place his death no later than 33a.d.. While the blurb about Jesus in Josephus writings is clearly a later christian insertion, it's about what christians believed and not about an actual person.
- Chi girlLv 72 months ago
2.2 billion of us know that.Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
- Annsan_In_HimLv 72 months ago
Lack of mention about events relating to Jesus by certain individuals of his era can never be taken to mean those events never happened until we are satisfied that everything those individuals ever wrote has been dug up and translated. Nor can just a tiny amount of written documentation be dismissed as evidence. For example: Thycydides’ History of Peloponnesian War was originally written around 430 – 400 B.C. The oldest surviving copy is dated to AD 900 and there are only a few first century fragments, with about 400 years between the original and the fragments. Only 8 unoriginal copies exist today. Does this mean to say that we should insist Thucydides was wrong in claiming this war happened?
Take Caesar’s Gallic War, originally written about 52-52 BC. The oldest surviving copy is AD 850, giving a 900 year gap between the original and the oldest copy – only 10 copies exist. Should we dismiss the Gallic War due to such scant and unoriginal written records?
The Four Gospels about Jesus Christ were written between AD 65 and AD 90 (from 30 years after his death) and there are hundreds of thousands of manuscript copies of them. There are two copies of the New Testament dated about AD 350, less than 300 years after the original. Yet some people think they should all be dismissed because certain non-Christian writers don’t mention Jesus. Well, Pliny (who executed some Christians around AD 100) did, as well as Josephus (AD 37-100) and who was an official historian.
Josephus (born A.D. 37) supported the Romans after he surrendered to the Roman general Vespasian during the siege of Jotapata. His historical writings defended the Roman wars from AD 66 to 74. He was a Jewish priest, a Pharisee. In his book “The Antiquities” he wrote about a high priest named Ananias who took advantage of the death of the Roman governor Festus in order to have James, the brother of Jesus, killed. Quote – “He convened a meeting of the Sanhedrin and brought before them a man named James, the brother of Jesus, who was called the Christ, and certain others. He accused them of having transgressed the law and delivered them up to be stoned.”
Josephus wrote another history book called ‘Testimonium Flavianum’. Quote – “About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man… For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks”. The next part deals with Jesus’ trial and crucifixion and the fact that his followers still loved him. (The probable interpolations, added by Christian copyists, have been omitted, leaving what scholars agree are the words of Josephus.) The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel, chap 4 The Corroborating Evidence – Is there credible evidence for Jesus outside of his biographies? Zondervan 1998
Further, the Jewish nation has never disputed the existence of this Jesus of Nazareth. That is the elephant in the room, here. They only dispute the claim that he was the promised Messiah.
In a 2011 review of the state of modern scholarship, Bart Ehrman (who is a secular agnostic) wrote: “He certainly existed, as virtually every competent scholar of antiquity, Christian or non-Christian, agrees” B. Ehrman, 2011 Forged : writing in the name of God ISBN 978-0-06-207863-6. Page 285.
Michael Grant (a classicist) states that “In recent years, ‘no serious scholar has ventured to postulate the non historicity of Jesus’ or at any rate very few, and they have not succeeded in disposing of the much stronger, indeed very abundant, evidence to the contrary.” In ‘Jesus: An Historian’s Review of the Gospels’ by Michael Grant 2004 ISBN 1898799881 page 200. See also “Quest of the Historical Jesus” Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. p 775Source(s): “The Case Against Christ” by John Young, p45 Falcon, 1971 Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Against-Christ-John-Y... https://y-jesus.com/is-there-any-evidence-from-sec...
- SemiconsciousLv 52 months ago
No. There is no definitive historical evidence he really existed. People have been looking for that for centuries, but no one's found anything yet. However, many scholars feel the Jesus story is too well ingrained to be only fiction. Some theorize it is probably based on a real person, but was highly embellished & exaggerated over time, sort of like the King Arthur legend.
- choko_canyonLv 72 months ago
Not for a fact, no. There is evidence that the Jesus character was based on one, possibly two or more individuals alive at the time who were minor cult leaders and were executed by Rome for sedition.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Every Christian knows this. More than 2 billion of us.