Wednesday, September 8, 2010 6:22 AM

New Testament Historicity

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 6:22 AM
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 6:22 AM

The primary sources for the life of Christ are the four Gospels (see New Testament, Historicity of). However, there are considerable reports from non-Christian sources that supplement and confirm the Gospel accounts. These come largely from Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Samaritan sources of the first century. In brief they inform us that:

  • Jesus was from Nazareth;
  • he lived a wise and virtuous life;
  • he was crucified in Palestine under Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius Caesar at Passover time, being considered the Jewish king;
  • he was believed by his disciples to have been raised from the dead three days later;
  • his enemies acknowledged that he performed unusual feats they called “sorcery”;
  • his small band of disciples multiplied rapidly, spreading even as far as Rome;
  • his disciples denied polytheism, lived moral lives, and worshiped Christ as Divine. This picture confirms the view of Christ presented in the New Testament Gospels.[1]

Geisler, N. L. (1999). Baker encyclopedia of Christian apologetics. Baker reference library (384–385). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

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