James Bishop's Theological Rationalism


If someone existed in antiquity and if that person were to leave a mark, we should expect it to be in the historical record. From Caesar, to Plato, to Herodotus, to Josephus, and to Jesus we see this. In fact, we can know a good few things about the Jesus of history that people so love, or so love to hate. Either way, love him or hate him, we are able to know quite a bit about him, as we will see in this article.

1. Jesus is a well attested historical figure.

No scholar in the fields of relevant expertise doubts Jesus’ existence. In fact Jesus is, for a 1st century figure, very well attested in independent sources that are traceable to the earliest Christian Palestinian communities. So what is some of this evidence that makes Jesus such a very well attested figure?

Firstly, Jesus was crucified by 30…

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