Jesus for the Non-Religious
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The Talmud is a collection of Jewish writings constituting the religious and civil law. They were completed by A. The Talmud states:. On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu of Nazareth and the herald went before him for forty days saying Yeshu of Nazareth is going to be stoned in that he hath practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel. Let everyone know aught in his defense come and plead for him. The Talmud contains a further reference to Jesus: "I found a genealogical roll in Jerusalem wherein was recorded, Such-an-one is a bastard of an adulteress" R.
Shimeon ben' Azzai Yeb, IV, 3. Both of these references corroborate the New Testament picture of how unbelievers viewed Jesus.
They accused Him of being demon possessed. But when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons" Matthew They also accused Him of being an illegitimate child. These are some of the early references, from non-Christian sources, that testify to the existence of Jesus Christ and His followers.
As we can readily see, the references are limited and are not of a firsthand nature. They are extremely valuable, however, in that they corroborate the basic outline of the life of Jesus as given in the New Testament and give further testimony to the accuracy of the New Testament record. The secondary sources testify that:.
The question of the existence of Jesus is not an issue. Twenty-seven separate documents written by people who had personal contact with Jesus testify to the fact that He did indeed exist. In addition, there is the testimony of Jesus' enemies, the Jews and Romans. They did not endorse the ministry of Jesus and tried-without success-to stop Christianity from growing. In all these efforts, however, we never find them denying Jesus' existence. They attempted to make Him out as a deceiver and blasphemer, and by doing so, admitted that He existed.
From non-Christian sources we find that Christ's public ministry began during the reign of Tiberius Caesar; Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea at the time of Christ's death; Jesus was put to death as a criminal; His death occurred in Judea; Jesus' death stopped the "superstition" for a short time but is soon broken out again. All of these facts confirm what is written in the New Testament.
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Nevertheless, these sources are valuable because they: Testify to Jesus' existence; and. Christ's public ministry began during the reign of Tiberius Caesar Luke Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea at the time of Christ's death Matthew Jesus was put to death as a criminal Luke His death occurred in Judea Mark Jesus' death stopped the " superstition" for a short time but is soon broken out again. He says the Christians met on a fixed day Acts There was a controversy concerning the birth of Christ. Those who did not believe Him to be virgin born concluded He was an illegitimate child.