Josephus work is a huge volume. It consists of twenty books. What is strange, many pages are devoted to irrelevant leaders. Nearly forty chapters are devoted to the life of one king alone. Yet Jesus who was the greatest man, a person who was foretold thousands of times by the Prophets, greater than any King on earth, gets only a few lines about him in his book?
What would be a good historical non-Christian source on Jesus? A good reliable source would be a contemporary historian that lived and wrote during the time in which Christ was alive. A devastating fact to Christians is that there is not one single contemporary historian, when Jesus was alive, who had ever wrote about Christ, does not exist.
All the supposed sources Christians cling to, were written decades after Jesus alleged crucifixion. In other words none of the historians that Christians cite have ever met Jesus in real life. Any historian writing decades after Jesus life is merely writing whatever others are saying.
In other words, he is writing hearsay, not facts he himself witnessed. So, what is the evidence Christians use in defence of the Crucifixion, outside the Bible?
Flavius Josephus, who was a well renowned Jewish historian, was born two years after the alleged Crucifixion of Jesus. In the year 93 A. Josephus wrote a book called: In the 18th Volume there is a passage which speaks of Jesus, according to Christians it was written by the pen of Josephus.
Here is the passage on what it said about this so-called Jesus: He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him.
And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day. Would any sane person really believe that a hardcore Jew, a Pharisee would write something like this?
This statement is written by a Christian not Josephus. However, when one examines the passage and its historicity it becomes clear, that this passage was inserted into the work of Josephus.
The passage was never quoted once by any of the Church Fathers such as: Eusebius, the bishop of Caesarea who flourished in the 4th century was the first Christian who made mention of it.
Many Christian Scholars believe the passage was inserted into the work of Josephus by Eusebius. Origen who was an early Church Father, quoted extensively from the work of Josephus in defence of Christianity.
Yet neither he, nor any Church fathers quoted the passage before Eusebius in the fourth century.
Before I proceed, showing evidences from Christian Scholars that the passage is a forgery, I would like to answer fictitious arguments raised by some desperate Evangelists who still cling to the passage being genuine. When desperate Evangelists say: They do not have any Manuscript before Eusebius time, nor is it mentioned by any Church father before 3rd Century.
Another fictitious argument they bring up, is they say: If the works of Josephus were in the hands of Jews, then we can give more credit that the passage is genuine.
But Josephus Books were not stored by Jews, but Christian fathers, who copied, deleted, added stuff that should not be there. Their new argument was simple; they removed all the parts that were Christian like.As an Iranian Jew reading the book From the Shahs to Los Angeles written by Saba Soomekh, I was extremely satisfied with the truth and honesty she put into this book, that I couldnt put down the book.
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