Podcast Episode: What Can We Learn About Jesus From the Roman Historian Tacitus?

What can we learn about Jesus and early Christianity from a Roman historian who hated Christians? As it turns out quite a bit. Some skeptics will even go so far as to dispute that Tacitus’ testimony about Jesus is even valid. I address those concerns as well as 6 key facts we can learn about Jesus from Tacitus. Resources: The Jesus Legend, Paul Rhodes Eddy and Greg Boyd Did Jesus Exist?, Bart Ehrman Can We Trust the Gospels?, Peter J.Williams (Not Who Wrote the Gospels? 🤦) Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence (Studying the Historical Jesus), Robert Van Voorst Watch: Listen: Erik ManningErik is a Reasonable Faith Chapter Director located … Read more

7 startling historical facts we learn about early Christianity from a Roman governor who persecuted Christians

Christians wrote the gospels, so for some skeptics, that’s enough to assume they are too biased to be taken seriously. While I think the “biased testimony” objection is a terrible argument, we do have some hostile sources outside of the Bible that tell us a lot about the beliefs of early Christians. These sources obviously can’t be accused of the same prejudice and provide us with some powerful info that confirms what we read in the New Testament. In an earlier post, I wrote about what the Roman historian Tacitus tells us about Jesus and early Christianity. Now let’s turn to our second hostile Roman witness, Pliny the Younger. WHO WAS PLINY? Pliny lived from … Read more

7 eye-opening facts we learn about early Christianity from a Roman Historian who hated Christians

Most of what we learn about Jesus and early Christianity comes from the New Testament. This is not a big shock. But what does come as a shock to some is that we can also learn a lot from non-Christian sources. There are some hostile sources from the first century from whom we can glean a lot. One of them is from a guy named Tacitus. Who is Tacitus? Publius Cornelius Tacitus (56-120 AD) is his full name, and that’s as Roman as it gets. Tacitus was a Roman senator and is also considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians. His works – The Annals and Histories gives us a lot of info on … Read more

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