Information About Jesus “Outside” the New Testament?

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Yes, there are outside sources for the person of Jesus (other than the New Testament):

  1. There are 17 early non-Chrisitan sources within 100-150 years of his life, which is excellent for ancient history.
  2. 12 deal with the death of Jesus and 50 % refer to his deity.
  3. We know more that 60 facts of jesus from sources other than the New Testament.
  4. Here are some examples of the sources:
    1. Tacitus – (AD 55 – 120) was a Roman historian; best known for his works of The Annals and Histories.  In Annals (written about 115) concerning the great fire in Rome, during the reign of Nero, states:”…Christus…suffered extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of Pontius Pilatis – Tactitus, 15:44/
    2. Suetonius – chief secretary of Emperor Hadrian (AD 117 – 138) states that Christians were inflicted with punishments; as a sect professiong a new and mischievous religious belief – Suetonius, Nero, 16, Claudius, 25.
    3. Josephus – historian Flavius Joesphus; after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, he move to Rome and become the court historian for emperor Vespasian.  He wrote Antiquities, AD 90-95; talks aobut Jesus in 18:3.
    4. Thallus – states the sun was darkend (as document in the New Testament in reference to the death of Jesus).
    5. Pliny the Younger – Christians worship Jesus as a god.
    6. The Talmud – Christ cruified.
    7. The Babylonian Talmud vol III. Sandhedrin 43a p. 281 – death of Jesus.
    8. Toledoth – Jesus
    9. Lucian – Christians worshipped a man who was crucified for this teachings.  The Death of Peregrine, 11-13, in the works of Lucian of Samosta, vol. 4
    10. Gospel of Truth, Gospel of Thomas and others.
    11. Aspects of Jesus’ life had been recorded by 4 catergories of evidence: Ancient materials / creeds, Non-Christian sources, Non-New Testament sources and Archaeological sources.
    12. The evidence for Jesus is demonstrated by the fact of history according to normal historical methodology.


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