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Josephus on Christ

April 14, 2019

“Christ Crucified” by Diego Velazquez (c. 1632), Museo del Prado (Accession No. P01167), Source Web Gallery of Art (PD-Art, Old-100)

The works of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (born Yosef ben Matityahu) make several references to Christ and the origins of Christianity.

The section of text below is thought to include Christian remarks along with the original. Scholars, however, agree that Josephus provides verification for the crucifixion of Christ by Pilate.

“About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man.  For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly.  He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Christ.  And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease.  He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him.  And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.”

-Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3

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5 Comments
  1. Amen ❤️

  2. Amen!
    The complete works of Flavius Josephus was a long read but very interesting.
    I have tried to tell atheists that there are other accounts recorded that Jesus does exist.. but they debunk Josephus and many others.. It seems odd that they could since none of the writers had a horse in the race, they were not believers in the Messiah..

    • Atheists often rage at God. Certainly I did. That rage darkens the mind. Paul said, “Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds…” (Eph. 4: 17). This is not a reference to the distinction between Jews and Gentiles, but to anyone who lives outside Christ.

  3. It’s always been interesting to me that people have no problem going to any lengths necessary to “prove” that God doesn’t exist. When it comes to believing historical facts that He does exist however, there is a mental block prohibiting the acceptance of this truth.
    Of course, at one time I too was among them.

    • I deeply regret the time I was an atheist. Thankfully, the Lord took the trouble to rescue this lost lamb.

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