Saturday, 12 September 2009

What Josephus probably said

When we remove what most historians think was doctored from the first Jesus quote of Josephus we get the following:
Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. 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. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

What can we say

From this quote we can see that

1. Jesus was considered a teacher
2. Jesus was considered a doer of might works (miracles perhaps)
3. Jews and Gentiles followed him
4. Jesus died under Pilate
5. Jesus died on a cross
6. Jesus had followers at the end of the first century

Anything else?

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