How does the evidence for Jesus, called the Christ, compare to other key historical figures?
A common rebuttal for Christianity is the claim that there is little to no solid evidence that an historical Jesus ever existed. If you are knowledgeable in the field of historical evidence and can offer references, I am curious about the hisorical proof for other key historical figures. How do Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and Genghis Khan compare in terms of solid historical evidence? More? or less than Jesus? My point is that if the evidence for those historical figures and what they did is no better than what we have about Jesus, should we dismiss them from history also?
Jesus has been verified by many historical literature peices not just the Bible. Other scrolls from early C.E such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and The Gnostic Gospels speak of the existence of such a man..Jesus of Nazareth with the accompanying stories of healing but they differ on the other particulars these other such claims do seem to get more outlandish as the time between this mans death and the actual writing that is published, also these stories seem awfully close to the stories of Guatama Buddha who established the original Buddhism faith read up on the two and see the obvious connections. I do believe it would be a fulls error to discount that there was a great teacher who never once claimed to be The Son of God and was himself described a prophet(which needs to be seen in its historical context) he probably did great things and was a steward for humanity but just got his original message misconstrued. As with the other two Genghis Khan has some historical references in the ancient texts but I am not to familiar with him on the other hand Gaius Julius Ceasar is fully 100 percent provable there are official decrees, coins, statues, and letters from Mar- Antony to Cicero mentioning Ceasar and first hand accounts by many witnesses here are some ceasar texts to reference
Arthur Ferrill, The Fall of the Roman Empire (Thames & Hudson, 1986)
Edward Gibbon, The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire (1799)
Michael Grant, Jesus (Orion, 1999)
Chris Scarre, Chronicle of the Roman Emperors (Thames & Hudson, 1995)
Pierre Grimal, Rome of the Caesars (Phaidon, 1956)
A. N. Wilson, Jesus (Harper Collins, 1993)
Elmar Gruber, Holger Kersten, The Original Jesus (Element, 1995)
Stewart Perowne, Death of the Roman Republic (Hodder & Stoughton, 1969)
Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars (Penguin, 1980
I have not expertly read them all but have extracted stuff I need for research, etc.
Any evidence given about anything depends on the testimony of a man or men. This means that all historical knowledge depends on whether or not we trust the accounts about anything. There is no proof of much of anything we learn about anything
Historically, we know for certain that Jesus does exist, but with no clear historical record, most of our story surrounding him, are myth. For example, one thing we know about Jesus historically is that, he was actually married and one of his thirteen followers were actually his son. It was known in the bible that when Jesus was been nailed to the cross there was a pair of mother and son there with him, the bible never say who they are, but historically we know those two were Jesus' wife and child. Most archeologist believe that Jesus' wife is a woman, where in the bible say to be a woman that Jesus save from her fellow villagers, for practicing adultry and it might play a role in regards to why this character was been erase from the bible completely and almost untracabel in history, as people do not like the idea that Jesus' wife is an ex-whore.
Most historical research suggest Jesus, is actually a black man, who is rather masculine and tall for his time, which is very different from the church's representation, if we are to find an actor to play what Jesus is most likely to look like, historically, it would be Michael Clarke Duncan.
Historically, we know for a fact Jesus was originally a wood smith, who then became a Jewish Priest, but was kick out of the preisthood, because his ideologies are different from the others.
Personally, I also believe Jesus is a gifted doctor, thus came the legion of him been able to heal a person, just by touching him.
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