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Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence

Robert Van Voorst, Craig A. Evans, Bruce Chilton Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Apr 13, 2000 - Religion - 248 pages 2 Reviews
Did Jesus actually exist? Much has been written recently on this subject, including numerous books examining the New Testament record of Jesus' life. Now Robert Van Voorst presents and critiques the ancient evidence outside the New Testament--the Roman, Jewish, pre-New Testament, and post-New Testament writings that mention Jesus.

This fascinating study of the early Christian and non-Christian record includes fresh translations of all the relevant texts. Van Voorst shows how and to what extent these ancient writings can be used to help reconstruct the historical Jesus. Preview this book »

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Van Voorst has written a comprehensive, rigorously focused survey of the evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as manifested by the written sources other than the New Testament. He ... Read full review

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No pictures!
248 pages and not a single photo of this Jesus guy!
I was expecting at least some black and white photos.
I understand that not all Roman soldiers had cameras on their phones back then, but one of them must have had a little black and white camera or maybe even a polaroid?
"Jesus Selfie"...that would have been the kinda cool thing that a Roman soldier would have done...they were kinda cool guys and did cool things....I imagine they were all jumping about like that Kirk Duglas guy "I'm Jesus!"...."No...I'm Jesus!"....that's probably why 3 folk got crucified that day...Ceasar was all hungover and "I can't deal wid dis sheeet...crucify them all!"
Anyway...Jesus never existed...give it up dudes.

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The Study of Jesus Outside the New Testament 1 A Brief History of Research 2 Did Jesus Really Exist? 6 The Plan of the Present Work 16 Jesus in Classical Writings 19 The Eclipse at Jesus Death 20 The Christ of Christian Worship 23 The Instigator Chrestus 29 Conclusions 129 Jesus in the Sources of the Canonical Gospels 135 Jesus the Powerful Teacher and Healer 136 An M Source on Jesus? 143 Jesus the Messiah 149 Jesus the Agent of the Kingdom of God 155 Conclusions 174 Jesus in Christian Writings after the New Testament 179

MoreThe Executed Christ 39 The Wise Jewish King 53 The Crucified Sophist 58 Christ the Magician 64 Conclusions 68 Jesus in Jewish Writings 75 Jesus a Wise Man Called the Christ 81 Jesus the Magician and Deceiver 104 How Ancient a Polemic against Jesus? 122 Jesus the Revealer of Secret Knowledge 185 Traditions and Legends about Jesus 203 Conclusions 215 Bibliography 219 Index of Names 235 Index of Subjects 239 Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings 241 Copyright


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Jesus Outside the New Testament
Robert E. Van Voorst
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Title Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence
Studying the Historical Jesus Authors Robert Van Voorst, Craig A. Evans, Bruce Chilton Editors Craig A. Evans, Bruce Chilton Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000 ISBN 0802843689, 9780802843685 Length 248 pages Subjects Religion  › Biblical Studies  › New Testament

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