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THE HISTORICAL JESUS CHRIST

Almost everything we know about Jesus comes from the 
Gospels,particularly the Synoptics.This body of information 
does not provide a complete biography of Christ,but rather 
describes in detail important events in his life:his birth in 
Bethlehem,is life in Nazareth,his preaching,his death sen_
tence and subsequent death on the Golgotha,
his Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven.
Catholic scholars are unanimous in recognising that the 
Evangelists belonged to the group of Apostles,or to their 
direct disciples,and were thus in a position to speak as 
direct witnesses or with first-hand knowledge of the events 
in Christ's life,as witnesses bound to the truth on account 
of their saintly lives,they reported Our Saviour's words as 
they had been said, fully aware of their role as mere
intermediaries.If we consider the Protestant point of view,
the effort to distinguish the historical from the religious Christ
has not in any way undermined the certainty of his existence
and of his preaching ... The most important non-Christian 
sources that attest to the existence of Christ are:
Tacitus,Annals XV,44 ... Suetonius ... Pliny the Younger
(1st Epistle,10,96) ... Christ is alluded to in a satire by 
Lucian (De morte peregrini) as wen as in the treatise by 
Celsus. Not all historians agree on the reliability of Giuseppe 
Flavio's accounts ... Other references appear in the Jewish
Talmud:one source is concerned about ensuring that the 
trial  of Jesus appear to be conducted in full compliance 
of the law. Borkmann's judgement of these non-Christian 
sources of information is noteworthy:
"Such pagan and Jewish sources are important only insofar
as they confirm the already widely-known fact that in early 
times no-one,not even the fiercest enemy of Christianity,
ever cast the slightest doubt over the historical existence 
of Jesus". 
 
 
A statement taken from
volume IX of the "Grande Enciclopedia" published by 
the Istituto  Geografico De Agostini of Novara in 1974.