Who was the Historical Jesus?
Contrary to what some skeptics would have the public believe, the Bible is not the only ancient book that talks about Jesus.
- "There was a wise man who was called Jesus, and his conduct was good. Pilate condemned him to be crucified. His disciples did not abandon their loyalty to him. They reported that he appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive" - Antiquities of the Jews, by Josephus ( about 37-101 AD
- "Christ suffered the ultimate penalty at the hand of procurator Pontious Pilate when Tiberius was emperor of Rome" - Annal of Imperial Rome, by Tactitus (about 55-120 AD)
- "Chertus" caused the riots in Rome in 49 AD. [This probably references Christ and to the hostility that erupted when traditional Jews clashed with Jews who believed Jesus was the Messiah, Acts 18:2 supports this theory, reporting than Claudius Caesar expelled the Jews from Rome at that time.] - Lives of the Caesars, by Suetonius (about 75-130 AD)