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|Could Jesus be a myth—as the film The God Who Wasn't There suggests? Absolutely not. What evidence is there that Jesus actually lived? More than most people think. First, there are the twenty seven New Testament documents that state that He lived. These were written by eyewitnesses of His life within the first century and have proven to be at bare minimum, generally reliable historical documents. (For more on evidence for the historical reliability of the Bible, click here). Secondly, there are at least thirty nine sources outside of the Bible, written within 150 years of Jesus life that mention Him. These sources include the Jewish Talmud, the Roman historian Tacitus, the Didache, Flavius Josephus, Pliny the Younger, Suetonius, the Gnostic gospels (e.g., the gospel of Thomas), etc. These extrabiblical sources reveal to us more than 100 facts about His life, teaching, death and even resurrection. The Encyclopedia Britannica, fifteenth edition, devotes 20,000 words to the person of Jesus Christ and never once hints that He didn’t exist. Don’t be fooled, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh” (2 John 7). Below are some helpful resources related to this topic.
"A Review of The God Who Wasn't There" by Mike Licona
"Did Jesus Really Exist?" by Dr. Paul L. Maier
"Ancient Non Christian Sources for the Life of Christ" by Dr. Gary Habermas
|THE HISTORICAL JESUS: Ancient Evidence For The Life of Christ (BOOK)
by Gary Habermas
In The Historical Jesus, Gary Habermas does a masterful job compiling, examining and commenting on all of the extrabiblical evidence for the life of Christ. If you're interested in reading what Flavius Josephus, the Talmud, the Roman historian Tacitus and others said about Jesus, you'll love this book! The evidence is clear: the Jesus of the New Testament is the Jesus of history. Click here to purchase.