The Case for Christ's Resurrection Author: A Brief Survey Approaching the Bible In order to examine the evidence for the resurrection we must place ourselves in the historical situation. The events surrounding the life and death of Christ didn't occur at a place where we can gain no knowledge of them. Rather, they occurred in history, on earth, and were recorded by men who witnessed the events.
There are no surviving Roman records of the First Century that refer to, nor are there any Jewish records that support the accounts in the Christian gospels except one. In Rome, in the year 93, Josephus published his lengthy history of the Jews. While discussing the period in which the Jews of Judaea were governed by the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, Josephus included the following account: 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 Messiah. 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.
Feldman, The Loeb Classical Library. Yet this account has been embroiled in controversy since the 17th century. It could not have been written by a Jewish man, say the critics, because it sounds too Christian: It was inserted into Josephus' book by a later Christian copyist, probably in the Third or Fourth Century.
The opinion was controversial. A vast literature was produced over the centuries debating the authenticity of the "Testimonium Flavianum", the Testimony of Flavius Josephus. This opinion held that the paragraph was formed by a mixture of writers.
It parsed the text into two categories: By this view, the paragraph was taken as essentially authentic, and so supported the objective historicity of Jesus.
Unfortunately, the evidence for this was meager and self-contradictory. But it was an attractive hypothesis. New Information In a discovery was published that brought important new evidence to the debate over the Testimonium Flavianum. For the first time it was pointed out that Josephus' description of Jesus showed an unusual similarity with another early description of Jesus.
It was established statistically that the similarity was too close to have appeared by chance.
Further study showed that Josephus' description was not derived from this other text, but rather that both were based on a Jewish-Christian "gospel" that has since been lost.
For the first time, it has become possible to prove that the Jesus account cannot have been a complete forgery and even to identify which parts were written by Josephus and which were added by a later interpolator.Resurrection Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There are those who write about history who have their prejudices but we do not deny the facts that are in their books. (AD Aprox.) talks briefly but matter-of-factly about Jesus.
Josephus lived a few years after Christ, he was a Pharisee who went over to the Roman camp and wrote a. Josephus’ Testimony relating to Jesus & the Resurrection Josephus was a Jewish military leader/historian who wrote to a Roman audience.
In this writing he summarizes the history of the Jewish nation from its beginning up to his time. Although this passage is so worded in the Josephus manuscripts as early as the third-century church historian Eusebius, scholars have long suspected a Christian interpolation, since Josephus could hardly have believed Jesus to be the Messiah or in his resurrection and have remained, as he did, a non-Christian Jew.
Since Josephus was not a contemporary of Jesus or his ministry, his methods were such that he naturally would write less about people like Jesus or John the Baptist, and only what could be corroborated by inquiry in his own day, writing in the 90s AD. Second, the hope of the believer's resurrection body is the resurrection of Jesus' body.
This is clearly the argument of the passage (cf. vv. 12, 15, 20 and esp. v. 21) and rests upon the presupposition of a literal, bodily resurrection, not just a spiritual resurrection (). by Matt SlickFlavius Josephus was a Jewish priest at the time of the Jewish Revolt of A.D.
He was captured by the Romans, imprisoned, set free and then retired to Rome where he wrote a history of the Jewish Revolt called the Jewish War.