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Several Witnesses of Christ
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There are secular (and Jewish) or non-Christian sources that prove Christ's life was a reality. Here's what 1st and 2nd century sources have said about Him which verifies Jesus as an actual man of history. Cornelius Tacitus (55 - 120 A.D.) Tacitus was a 1st and 2nd century Roman historian who lived through the reigns of over half a dozen Roman emperors. Considered one of the greatest historians of ancient Rome Cheap Nike VaporMax China , Tacitus verifies the Biblical account of Jesus' execution at the hands of Pilate. There are secular (and Jewish) or non-Christian sources that prove Christ's life was a reality. Here's what 1st and 2nd century sources have said about Him which verifies Jesus as an actual man of history.

1.) Cornelius Tacitus (55 - 120 A.D.) Tacitus was a 1st and 2nd century Roman historian who lived through the reigns of over half a dozen Roman emperors. Considered one of the greatest historians of ancient Rome, Tacitus verifies the Biblical account of Jesus' execution at the hands of Pontius Pilate who governed Judea from 26-36 A.D. during the reign of Tiberius.

"Christus, the founder of the [Christian] name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate Cheap Nike Air VaporMax , procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius. But the pernicious superstition, repressed for a time, broke out again, not only through Judea Cheap Nike VaporMax Wholesale , where the mischief originated, by through the city of Rome also." Annals XV, 44.

This passage reveals and confirms the Biblical account that:

Jesus did exist. Jesus was the founder of Christianity. Jesus was put to death by Pilate. Christianity originated in Judea (with Jesus). Christianity later spread to Rome (through the Apostles and evangelists).

2.) Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (69 - 130 A.D.) Suetonius was a prominent Roman historian who recorded the lives of the Roman Caesars and the historical events surrounding their reigns. He served as a court official under Hadrian and as an annalist for the Imperial House. Suetonius records the expulsion of the Christian Jews from Rome (mentioned in Acts 18:2) and confirms the Christian faith being founded by Christ.

"As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, [Claudius] expelled them from Rome." Life of Claudius 25.4 Note: Here he misspells Christus (Chrestus) Cheap Nike VaporMax Shoes , however most historians and scholars agree that was an honest mistake, nothing more.

3.) Thallus (52 A.D.) Although his works exist only in fragments, Julius Africanus debates Thallus' explanation of the midday darkness which occurred during the Passover of Jesus' crucifixion. Thallus tries to dismiss the darkness as a natural occurrence (a solar eclipse) but Africanus argues (and any astronomer can confirm) a solar eclipse cannot physically occur during a full moon due to the alignment of the planets. Phlegon of Tralles, a 2nd century secular historian Cheap Nike VaporMax Youth , also mentions the darkness and tries to dismiss it as a solar eclipse. He also states
the event occurred during the time of Tiberius Caesar.

"On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness. The rocks were rent by an earthquake and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. This darkness Thallus, in the third book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason Cheap Nike VaporMax Mens , an eclipse of the sun. For the Hebrews celebrate the passover on the 14th day according to the moon, and the passion of our Savior falls on the day before the passover. But an eclipse of the sun takes place only when the moon comes under the sun. And it cannot happen at any other time... Phlegon records that, in the time of Tiberius Caesar, at full moon Cheap Nike VaporMax Womens , there was a full eclipse of the sun from the sixth hour to the ninth-manifestly that one of which we speak. Chronography XVIII, 47

4.) Pliny The Younger (63 - 113 A.D) Pliny the Younger admits to torturing and executing Christians who refused to deny Christ. Those who denied the charges were spared and ordered to exalt the Roman gods and curse the name of Christ. Pliny addresses his concerns to Emperor Trajan that too many citizens were being killed for their refusal to deny their faith.

"I asked them directly if they were e who persisted, I ordered away... Those who denied they were or ever had been hiped both your image and the images of the gods and cursed Christ. They used to gather on a stated day before dawn and sing to Christ as if he were a god... All the more I believed it necessary to find out what was the truth from two servant maids, which were called deaconesses Cheap Nike VaporMax , by means of torture. Nothing more did I find than a disgusting, fanatical superstition. Therefore I stopped the examination, and hastened to consult account of the number of people endangered. For many of all ages, all classes Cheap Nike VaporMax Flyknit , and both sexes already are brought into danger..." Pliny's letter to Emperor Trajan
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