Hostile Ancient Non-Biblical Testimony Related to Jesus Confirms the Gospel Accounts
by Mark Goodnight
J. Warner Wallace of Cold Case Christianity (one of my top ten recommended apologetic resources) has this awesome blog Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible? which he shows that you can get the core elements of the gospels from hostile sources outside the Bible, both pagan and Jewish. In each case, he points out that while each of these sources are hostile to Christianity, they agree with and serve to strengthen some of the core facts about and claims of Christianity. I’m going to give a brief overview of his blog, kind of like a Cliffs Notes version of his blog, but I recommend going to the link to his blog above and reading it in full for yourself.
He quotes from 8 hostile non-biblical pagan accounts regarding Jesus and from 3 hostile non-biblical Jewish accounts regarding Jesus. In each case, he gives the full quote of the hostile source, and then sums up what we can conclude from it. In other words, the conclusion is the points that the hostile source actually agrees with Gospels on. In this Cliffs Notes version of his blog, I am only quoting what we can conclude from it. Again, I recommend going to the link above and reading his blog in full.
Even when there are hostile accounts to an event, there are things that the hostile account actually agrees with in what happened. For example, in Matt 28:11-15, when the chief priests tell the guards of the tomb to report that the disciples came and stole the body while they were asleep, they are admitting and agreeing with the fact that the tomb was empty. In Jim’s blog, he points out that even with the conspiracy theories of Kennedy’s assassination and 9/11, the conspiracy theorists are still agreeing with the fact that both events actually happened. (On the topic of conspiracy theories, read What Every Christian Needs to Know About Conspiracy Theories parts 1, 2, & 3, as well as The Nature of Conspiracy Theories.)
The 8 Hostile Non-Biblical Pagan Accounts Regarding Jesus…
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