Thackeray supports the interpolation theory, credits Josephus' "Greek assistants" for variation in styles throughout the Antiquities.
There are no surviving Roman records of the First Century that refer to, nor are there any Jewish records that support the accounts in the Christian gospels except one.
In Rome, in the year 93, Josephus published his lengthy history of the Jews. While discussing the period in which the Jews of Judaea were governed by the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, Josephus included the following account: About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man.
For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks.
He was the Messiah. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him.
And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared. Feldman, The Loeb Classical Library.
Yet this account has been embroiled in controversy since the 17th century. It could not have been written by a Jewish man, say the critics, because it sounds too Christian: It was inserted into Josephus' book by a later Christian copyist, probably in the Third or Fourth Century.
The opinion was controversial. A vast literature was produced over the centuries debating the authenticity of the "Testimonium Flavianum", the Testimony of Flavius Josephus.
This opinion held that the paragraph was formed by a mixture of writers. It parsed the text into two categories: By this view, the paragraph was taken as essentially authentic, and so supported the objective historicity of Jesus.
Unfortunately, the evidence for this was meager and self-contradictory. But it was an attractive hypothesis. New Information In a discovery was published that brought important new evidence to the debate over the Testimonium Flavianum. For the first time it was pointed out that Josephus' description of Jesus showed an unusual similarity with another early description of Jesus.
It was established statistically that the similarity was too close to have appeared by chance. Further study showed that Josephus' description was not derived from this other text, but rather that both were based on a Jewish-Christian "gospel" that has since been lost.
For the first time, it has become possible to prove that the Jesus account cannot have been a complete forgery and even to identify which parts were written by Josephus and which were added by a later interpolator.
Read about this discovery here!I. Josephus’ Contribution to New Testament Backgrounds A. General Areas of Contribution.
Josephus was born in Jerusalem in A.D. 37/38 and became a historian writing principally about the Jewish people up until his death ca. The Christian writer Origen cites Josephus' section on the death of James "the brother of Jesus" in Book 20 of the Antiquities; but states Josephus did not believe in .
Josephus’ Testimony relating to Jesus & the Resurrection Josephus was a Jewish military leader/historian who wrote to a Roman audience. In this writing he summarizes the history of the Jewish nation from its beginning up to his time. Regarding the quotes from the historian Josephus about Jesus.
by Matt Slick. we can still reconstruct what may have been the original writing. Two researchers the Arabic version contains very similar information as the Greek one regarding Jesus in His resurrection. By Paul L.
Maier, Emeritus Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University. Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37 – c. ) was a Jewish historian born in Jerusalem four years after the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth in the same city.
The Jewish historian Josephus, writing for the Roman government in the 70's A.D. records some incidental things regarding Christ and the church. There is one more important feature of the Bible to examine before we move to the evidence of Christ's resurrection, that is their historical reliability.
Jesus resurrection from the dead .