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Roman historian did write about Jesus

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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2007 10:00 pm

In the neat world of Ralph Matthews, "No Roman historian wrote about Jesus." Except one did!

Josephus, descendent of the Macabees, formerly a priest, was captured leading a Galileean revolt against Rome, 70 A.D. A clever talker, he ingratiated himself to Vespasian, earning a commission to write a history of the Jewish people. Of Herod he wrote that many Jews were glad of his defeat, just deserts for treacherously killing John the Baptist. Of Jesus he wrote:

"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. 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."

"Forgery!" atheists yell, arguing that Josephus, a Jew, wouldn't have regarded Jesus so highly.

But many Jews, including the Apostles, did, in fact, continue synagogue worship while loving Jesus. Absolutely nothing suspicious about Josephus honoring Jesus while remaining Jewish.

Far richer in history are the Jewish source documents, the histories and letters of Luke, Paul, John and dozens of others. But if Ralph rejects Josephus because he, supposedly, shouldn't have respected Jesus, he rejects these writers precisely because they did! Like the Red Queen, "Verdict first! Evidence later!" Atheists let no testimony pierce their cocoon. Why? Let an historian say.

"Contrary to popular belief, atheism is not primarily an intellectual revolt, it is a moral revolt. Atheists don't find God invisible so much as objectionable. They aren't adjusting their desires to the truth, but rather the truth to fit their desires." - Historian Dinesh D'Souza.

Peter Stearns




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