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deed we should call him a man; for

he was a doer of marvelous deeds,

a teacher of men who receive the

truth with pleasure” (emp. added).

Then, in section 20, Josephus docu-

mented how a man named Ananus

brought before the Sanhedrin “a

man named James,

the brother of

Jesus who was called the Christ


and certain others” (emp. added).

About 20 years later, Tacitus, a

Roman historian, wrote a book

surveying the history of Rome. In it

he described how Nero (the Roman

emperor) “punished with every re-

finement the notoriously depraved

Christians (as they were popularly

called).” He went on to write that

“their originator,


, had been

executed in Tiberius’ reign by the

governor of Judea, Pontius Pilatus”



, 15:44, emp. added). Even

though Tacitus, Josephus, and other

historians from the first and second

centuries A.D. were not followers of

Christ, they did have



say about Him—and they even

verified that Jesus was

a real person Who

was so famous that

He even attracted

the attention of the

Roman emperor himself!

Another obvious reason to be-

lieve that Jesus was a real person is

because our entire dating method

is based upon His existence. The

letters “B.C.” stand for “before

Christ,” and the letters “A.D.”

(standing for

Anno Domini

) mean

“in the year of the Lord.” So when a

history teacher speaks of Alexander

the Great ruling much of the world

in 330 B.C., he or she is admitting

that Alexander lived about 330

years before Jesus was born.

Even though this is only a sam-

pling of the evidence relating to the

man known as Jesus, it is enough to

prove that He was a real person, and

not just some imaginary character.

We do not accept His existence

blindly—it is a historical fact!


Acharya, S. (1999),

The Christ Conspiracy: The

Greatest Story Ever Sold

(Kempton, IL: Adven-

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Josephus, Flavius (1957 reprint),

The Life and

Works of Flavius Josephus

, trans. William

Whitson (Philadelphia, PA: John Whitson).

Massey, Gerald (1985),

Gnostic and Historic


(Edmond, WA: Holmes Publish-

ing Group).

Tacitus, Cornelius P. (1952 reprint),


Annals and the Histories

, trans. Michael

Grant (Chicago, IL: William Benton).