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Who is Jesus? Lk.1:1-4; 3:1,2; 2 Pet.1:16-21 1. The appeal of Jesus - 2 billion+ followers - 2 billion+ followers - Tens of thousands books, articles,

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1 Who is Jesus? Lk.1:1-4; 3:1,2; 2 Pet.1: The appeal of Jesus - 2 billion+ followers - 2 billion+ followers - Tens of thousands books, articles, films - Tens of thousands books, articles, films - Appreciation of non-believers - Appreciation of non-believers - AD 135 – execution of Ben Kosiba - AD 135 – execution of Ben Kosiba AD 30/33 – execution of Jesus of Nazareth AD 30/33 – execution of Jesus of Nazareth

2 2. How do we know about Jesus? a. Greco-Roman 1. Roman Governor – Pliny –AD Roman Governor – Pliny –AD Historians – Tacitus, Suetonius, Thallos 2. Historians – Tacitus, Suetonius, Thallos 3. Writers – Mara Ben Serapion, Celsus, Lucian 3. Writers – Mara Ben Serapion, Celsus, Lucian b. Jewish 1. Josephus – 1 st c. historian 1. Josephus – 1 st c. historian 2. Talmud 2. Talmud 3. Rabbi Eliezer 3. Rabbi Eliezer

3 What we gather from these sources 1. Name; place & time-frame 2. Mother & brother – Mary, James 3. Fame as teacher & miracle-worker 4. Spoken of as Messiah & King 5. Time & manner of execution 6. Eclipse at execution 7. Report of resurrection appearances 8. Flourishing movement of worshippers

4 3. Are the Gospels reliable? a. Reliable witnesses – John 19:35; 21:24; Lk.1:1-4; 3:1,2 - serious thing to give false testimony – 1Cor.15:15; Acts 2:32; 3:15; 5:30,32 - serious thing to give false testimony – 1Cor.15:15; Acts 2:32; 3:15; 5:30,32 - people were still alive to refute false story - people were still alive to refute false story b. Careful transmission

5 Livy 4 c.AD 27copies Livy 4 c.AD 27copies Tacitus 9 c. AD 3 Tacitus 9 c. AD 3 Suetonius 9c.AD 200+ Suetonius 9c.AD 200+ Gallic Wars 9 c. AD 9/10 Gallic Wars 9 c. AD 9/10 Herodutus 1 c.AD 75 Herodutus 1 c.AD 75 N.T AD 5000 Greek N.T AD 5000 Greek 10,000 Latin 10,000 Latin 1M. quotes 1M. quotes

6 4. Do you want to know Jesus? a. The Gospels are historical b. Read the Gospels carefully c. Personal, life-transforming relationship – John 20:30,31


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