The Isaiah 53:5 Project


The Historical Jesus

By: David Capes, Ph.D.
What do historical documents other than the Bible tell us about Jesus?

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.A. Whitney Brown

Most of what we know about Jesus comes from Christian writings. This should be no surprise, since it was Christians who were most interested in telling his story and preserving his memory. But how do these Christian writings compare with what other historians were saying about Jesus at the time?

Scholars have been engaged in what’s been called the “quest for the historical Jesus”since the late 1700s. Yet many of us still want to know if there is credible historical evidence that corroborates what the Biblesays about Jesus.

So how does the Christ of the Christian faith square with the Jesus of history?

Roman and Jewish Accounts

Roman classical writings contain several references…

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