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Did Jesus Exist?

By Edited Dec 7, 2013 2 2

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Jesus Christ is one of the most proclaimed figures in human history. Virtually everyone knows of this person and the amazing things he did to inspire people and teach them humanistic values. Many people believe the Jesus figure was real, and did everything as depicted in the Bible. There are others who claim Jesus never existed. Here at StreamlineInfo we will provide information to help you come to your own conclusion of whether Jesus is real, or never existed, or some varying degree.  

Bible is not a reference

Everyone knows Jesus is mentioned hundreds of times throughout the Gospel. It is more accurate to analyze other sources of written material on the Jesus character. This must be done in order to maintain a critical analysis.

Historians of the same area and time period

There are many historians who lived in and around the same time period of the notable Jesus Christ.

Albinus (2nd century Greek philosopher)
Appian/Appion (Roman historian, born about 95 AD)
Apollodorus (Greek mythologist, 180-120 BC)
Arrian (Greco-Roman historian, born 86 AD,)
Aulus Gellius (Roman lawyer, born 125 AD)
Aulus Perseus (Roman poet, lived 34-62 AD)
Columella (Roman agriculturalist, lived 4-70 AD)
Dio Chrysostom (Greek orator, lived 40-120 AD)
Epictetus (Born 55 AD. Greek teacher)
Favorinus (2nd century AD philosopher)
Florus Lucius (historian, born 70 AD.)
Geminus (astronomer/mathematician, 1st century BC)
Hephaestion (Greek grammarian, lived 356-324 BC)
Hero of Alexandria (Greek mathematician, lived 10-70 AD)
Hierocles (2nd century Stoic philosopher)
Juvenal (1st-2nd century poet and satirist)
Lucanus (Roman poet, lived 39-65 AD)
Lucian (satirist, born 125 AD.)
Lysias (speech writer, lived 445-380 B.C.)
Martial (late 1st-century poet/satirist)
Maximus of Tyre (2nd century philosopher)
Musonius Rufus (1st century philosopher)
Paterculus Pausanias (2nd century traveler/geographer)
Petronius (Roman novelist, lived 27-66 AD)
Phaedrus (Roman writer, 15 BC-50 AD)
Philo Judaeus (Greek Jewish philosopher, lived 20BC-50 AD)
Phlegon (historian, born 80 AD.)
Plutarch (Historian,  born 46 AD.)
Pomponius Mela (Roman geographer, died around 45 AD)
Ptolomy (astronomer/mathematician, born 90 AD)
Quintillian (Roman rhetorician, 35-100 AD)
Quintus Curtius (historian)
Seneca (Roman philosopher, 4 BC-65 AD)
Silius Italicus (Roman poet, lived 28-103 AD)
Statius Caelicius (Roman poet, lived 220-166 BC)
Theon of Smyrna (Greek philosopher)
Valerius Flaccus (Roman poet, died 90 AD)
Valerius Maximus (Latin rhetorician, 20 BC-50 AD)

How many of them documented a character known as Jesus Christ which was depicted from the bible? Not one. But to be fair there were other people of this time period who were supportive of the existence of Jesus Christ.

Writings of Jesus other than the Bible

1) Justin Martyr

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A man by the name of Justin Martyr was a Christian supporter who lived around 100 years after the birth of Jesus Christ. He supported Christianity but stated something which places the authenticity of Jesus Christ’s character under question. He said...

   

“When we say that Jesus Christ was produced without sexual union, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended to heaven, we propound nothing new or different from what you believe regarding those whom you call the sons of Jupiter."

 

“He was born of a virgin, accept this in common with what you accept

of Perseus.”

- Justin Martyr 

This meaning the timeline of Jesus Christ is no different from other characters of the Pagan religions which were predecessors of Christianity. Although Martyr made these statements he later said...

“For when they say that Dionysus arose again and ascended to heaven, is it not evidence the devil has imitated the prophecy?"

- Justin Martyr


This of course being an easy solution to why Jesus was so similar to other figures in history; the devil did it.
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2) Pliny The Younger

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Pliny The Young was a Governor of Bithynia who placed many Christians under punish. His reference for Jesus Christ is...

They affirmed, however, that the whole of their guilt, or their error, was, that they were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verse a hymn to Christ as to a god, and bound themselves to a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft, adultery, never to falsify their word, not to deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up.“

- Pliny The Younger
 

There has been little to know dispute over the origininality of the statement above.
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3) Tacitus

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He makes a unique title for Christ in one of his writings.

“derived their name and origin from Christ, who, in the reign of Tiberius, had suffered death by the sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilate”

 

“This was the sect known as Christians. Their founder, one Christus, had been put to death by the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius.”

- Tacitus


He refers to Jesus Christ as “Christus”; this emphasizes a TITLE more than a name.
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4) Suetonius

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Suetonius was a Greek Historian who wrote many accounts on Julius Caesar.

Since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus expelled them from Rome.

- Suetonius


Once again Chrestus (Suetonius misspelled Christus) refers to more of a title than a name.

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All of these titles

  • Christus
  • Christ
  • Chrestus


Refer to “The Anointed One”. Not a name.

Is Jesus an amalgamation of other religious figures?

It does not take much research to conclusively see that Jesus Christ is strikingly familiar to other religious figures in history.

Jesus Christ

Virgin Birth

Began pursuing at 30 Years old

Had Disciples

Had Divine Powers

Died (crucified) and Resurrected

Second Coming

Romulus

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(Son of God)



Dionysus

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Glycon

Miracle Birth



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Zoroaster

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Horus

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Attis of Phrygia

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Odysseus



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Krishna

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(Son of God)

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The similarities are much deeper than this simplified chart.

So did Jesus Exist?

It is for you to decide. The evidence that has been provided says otherwise. We advise yo to look into the details yourself. There is much to uncover in this mystery.

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Comments

Jul 14, 2012 2:15pm
Marlando
I aboslutely enjoyed your artical--well written and well thought out! A big five stars from me!
I am personally a believer in the historical Jesus but do not accept the virgin birth or any of the other aspects of connection with ancient mythology such as Greek savior tales. Anyway, I am sure lots of readers misunderstands your article but I think it is well founded and well worth the read.
Sep 18, 2012 2:14pm
savickram
A great article with nice fact and figures.

Well researched and presented.
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