Podcast Episode 3 – Debunking Jesus Mythicists’ Mishandling of Josephus

When Christians are asked where Jesus is mentioned outside of the New Testament, many of them will reply that Josephus mentions Jesus twice. But some ‘Jesus-Mythicists’ will claim that isn’t true. Here I interact with some of the mythicists, notably the popular YouTuber Godless Engineer and investigate if they’re really looking at the Josephus text fairly. Links and other References: Video: Why Josephus Doesn’t Prove the Historicity Of Jesus || Did Jesus Exist – Godless Engineer (Warning – there’s a bit of profanity in the video) Book: Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth – Dr. Bart Ehrman, an agnostic Biblical scholar Book: The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability … Read more

Did early Christian scribes really completely fake The Josephus Testimonium?

If Jesus was such a big deal, then why isn’t he mentioned by more historians of his time? This is a question that often gets asked by skeptics. The common Christian reply is that he was mentioned by 1st and early 2nd-century historians – namely Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, and Josephus. This is where some critics – particularly the “Jesus-is-a-myth” crowd – cry foul. They’ll argue that Josephus never really mentioned Jesus, and if we’d critically examine the passages for ourselves, we’d admit that this popular Christian apologetic is pretty flimsy. This reply is a bit odd, seeing that even some of the strongest critics of traditional Christianity like Bart Ehrman and JD Crossan think that … Read more