“Let’s pretend we didn’t have any of the New Testament or other Christian writings,” [@LeeStrobel] said. “Even without them, what would we be able to conclude about Jesus from ancient non-Christian sources, such as Josephus, the Talmud, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, and others?”👇
[Distinguished historian Edwin] Yamauchi smiled. “We would still have a considerable amount of important historical evidence; in fact, it would provide a kind of outline for the life of Jesus,” he said.

Then he went on, raising a finger to emphasize each point.
“We would know that first, Jesus was a Jewish teacher; second, many people believed that he performed healings and exorcisms; third, some people believed he was the Messiah; fourth, he was rejected by the Jewish leaders; ...
...fifth, he was crucified under Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius; sixth, despite this shameful death, his followers, who believed that he was still alive, spread beyond Palestine so that there were multitudes of them in Rome by A.D. 64; ...
...and seventh, all kinds of people from the cities and countryside—men and women, slave and free—worshiped him as God.”

–Excerpted from Strobel’s *The Case for Christ*

I add: people who simply deny that Jesus even existed are simply ignorant of the evidence.


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