The Historical Evidence for Jesus vs. Tiberius Caesar
by Sean McDowell
“How does the historical evidence for Jesus compare with other prominent figures of his day?”
This is one of the most common questions I get from believers and skeptics alike. It is a fair question. One of the best responses I have found is to compare the sources for Jesus with the sources for Tiberius Caesar, the Roman emperor from AD 14-37.
As the Roman emperor, Tiberius would have been the most powerful man alive during the life and ministry of Jesus. While some coins have been found from the time of his reign, the primary way we know about Tiberius is through written accounts, some of which appear long after his death…