Questions tagged [historical-jesus]

For questions about "uncovering" the historical figure of Jesus. That is, questions about the "ordinary" aspects of Jesus' life such as what He did and said while on Earth, as opposed to questions about the religious significance of His life/events in it.

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Did James brother of Jesus, believe that Jesus is God? if so, why were some Jews in the city offended by his death according to Josephus?

According to Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jew: AND now Caesar, upon hearing the death of Festus, sent Albinus into Judea, as procurator. But the king deprived Joseph of the high priesthood, ...
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Is it correct to say Bible has 2 eyewitness accounts (Matthew, Mark and Luke as comprehensive one & John being the other) of Jesus Christ's lifetime?

Since the Synoptic problem indicates that the Synoptic gospels form a comprehensive view that gives a holistic perspective, therefore, bible readers can Not use the argument that the 3 gospels of ...
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Could Jesus understand (and read) Latin? [duplicate]

I read that Jesus probably spoke Arameic and Hebrew. And that a Bible verse indicated that he could read. Jesus lived in the Roman empire, so Latin was known by at least some people in the region. Is ...
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What is an overview of arguments for and against the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus? [closed]

What is an overview of arguments for and against the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus? Was Jesus' resurrection a historical fact? What do scholars and historians have to say about all this? Is ...
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What did Jesus look like or did Jesus look different for certain people?

Now, I don't go to church, my family stopped when I was like 8 (I'm 13), the church near me, that didn't have a raping problem and was Christian(not Catholic even though that is Christian), was a ...
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Is the bonebox called the "James Ossuary" authentic? Is it truly the bonebox of James, the brother of Jesus Christ?

An ossuary is a bone box. The James Ossuary is allegedly the bone box of James the brother of our Lord Jesus. On its side is written, in aramaic, "James, the son of Joseph, the brother of Jesus&...
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Why did Eusebius quote this passage?

So this is a quick question. We all know Eusebius quoted Testimonium Flavianum in his Church History. About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he ...
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Was Jesus handsome according to Psalm 45:2?

You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. (Psalm 45:2) Is this psalm about the Messiah or about David himself? Can "...
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If Jesus was weak, how could he be a carpenter?

From the Gospels, we know that Jesus was a carpenter. Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?' And they ...
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Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday?

Celebration of birthdays of some prominent persons was very much in vogue at the time of Jesus, as we see at Mt 14:6. Now that Christmas has come to be one of the greatest feasts of Christianity, ...
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According to Catholicism, how did Jesus go in secret (disguise) to the Feast of Tabernacles?

In John Chapter-7, we see Jesus going to the Feast of Tabernacles in disguise: " But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, ...
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What musical liturgical melodies could Jesus have sung in the synagogues of his day?

What musical liturgical melodies could Jesus have sung in the synagogues of his day? Do any possible examples still exist, based on historical evidence? Have any musically inclined historians ...
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Is There Any Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus like some papers or something? [duplicate]

Is there any historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus like some papers or something or from some sources that are not from the bible . I am asking this because an atheist said to me ...
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What is the biblical basis for the historicity of the Bible?

That same professor who brought this question and this question is at it again. His claim is that the Bible doesn't claim to be a historical account because the thought that one can look to history as ...
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Did Jesus write a Bible commentary?

It seems that Jesus is what the New Testament tends to consist of; him and his teachings. Did he ever ‘teach’ about the Bible, the first testament, in any capacity?
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Who could have watched the veil of the temple tear when Jesus died?

A professor today made the claim that the following claim is spurious: And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Mark 15:38 (NRSV) His rationale is that no-one but the ...
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How real is Matthew 4:1-2 in terms of physical realities?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came to Him (Matt. 4:1-2)....
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Does the Minimal Facts Argument have the potential to the biggest Christian revelation over the last thousand years? [closed]

I recently came across the "Minimal Facts Argument" by Dr Gary Habermas. In short, the argument is that there are a half dozen reliable historical facts (even for those who'd judge the NT as ...
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Can we know the exact date of Resurrection?

Wikipedia gives two possible dates for resurrection 7 Apr 30 and 3 Apr 33: I wonder why we cannot date the event with accuracy since we know the details : full moon on 14 Nisan. It would seem quite ...
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Did Christ consort with mystics?

In the time of Christ, were there mystics, Jewish or otherwise, with whom Christ consorted before or during the time of His ministry? By "mystics" is meant those comparable to Sufi mystics, who seek ...
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What language(s) was Christ likely to have spoken during his mortal ministry?

1st-century Palestine was a relatively small area, surrounded by other countries, and part of the Roman Empire, which influenced commerce, government, and other areas of society. Jerusalem was a major ...
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Did Jesus wear tsitsiyot?

According to the NIV, Mathew 9:20-21: Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only ...
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What was the most likely method of crucifixion that was used on Jesus?

I'm writing a novel that is meant to be as historically accurate as possible. I haven't gotten that far yet, but I know that Jesus' crucifixion will eventually occur and since the novel revolves ...
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Are there documented reports about Jews around the time of Jesus? And what did they say about the first christians?

Are there any reliable documented reports of Jewish individuals, leaders or groups, around the time of Jesus? Who were they? And what did they say about Jesus and/or the first Christians?
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Did Jesus die on the cross crucified or was he hung to death from a tree? [closed]

Why do you think that some books in the Bible say that Jesus died at The place of a skull which Is called In the Hebrew Golgotha the sight of the crucifixion. Matthew 27:33 (KJV) 33 And when they ...
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What were the topics of discussion which Jesus had at the Temple? (Catholic perspective)

Luke 2:42-47 (RSVCE) has this narrative: " And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in ...
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Location of Jesus' tomb identified by Helena, mother of Constantine?

I was reading a National Geographic article about the recent restoration work done at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel in which the stone slab that covered the supposed resting place of ...
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Why is the Crucifixion said to have been between 30-33 AD, if Jesus was born between 4-6 B.C. and lived to be 33 years old? [duplicate]

Here are the facts as far I know: Jesus must have been born between 4 and 6 B.C. to precede Herod. Jesus's ministry begins when He was about 30 years of age He engages in a 3-3.5 year ministry He ...
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Did Jesus as told in the New Testament really exist? [duplicate]

Why do historians say that there is no evidence that a historical Jesus existed? Furthermore they deduce that Jesus is a conglomeration of several mythical and/or pagan characters. Here is a typical ...
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Zealot hypothesis for empty tomb

I have a naturalistic hypothesis for the empty tomb and the resurrection appearances. Perhaps Zealots stole Jesus' body and spread rumours that he was alive in Galilee in order to start an ...
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Are there any surviving Acta Diurna copies mentioning Jesus' trial or other aspects of his life?

I recently learned about Acta Diurna, which are official notices created by Roman authorities describing legal proceedings and the outcome of trials. It occurred to me that the trial of Jesus before ...
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Caesar Augustus' census in Luke 2 - is it a-historical? Fabricated story? [closed]

Luke 2 speaks of a census by Caesar Augustus that everyone should go to their town of birth to be counted/enrolled. I recall, from a number curses on "historical Jesus", that there is a claim that ...
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How was Jesus the Seed of David if Jesus is God who created Man (Adam), and David is the seed of Adam?

How is Jesus the Messiah, the seed of David, if Jesus is God, and God created Man (Adam), and David is the seed of Adam? This is a never-ending circle, and can't physically be possible. We are told in ...
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What explanations have been offered for the "messianic secret" passages?

In a number of places in the Gospel accounts, Jesus performs a miracle and then tells the healed person and others who witnessed it not to spread the word. For example, After healing a leper, And ...
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Where did Jesus stay during his 3.5 year ministry?

The Bible says all people went to their home but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and came back to the temple early in the morning. but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again ...
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Sense of humor that Jesus had

Is it possible that Jesus never laughed or smiled during His public life ? Are there verses in the Gospels which directly or indirectly bring out the sense of humor which Jesus ought to have had ?
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Refutations of, or Thoughts on How Jesus Became God (Bart D. Ehrman)

Are there any published, written or recorded (audio or video) responses to the claims Bart D Ehrman makes in How Jesus Became God? I'm currently reading this and Misquoting Jesus as part of an ...
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What is the name of the theory or thesis that the brothers of Jesus came from a previous marriage of St. Joseph?

An important Christian tradition is that the brothers of Jesus, mentioned in the gospels, were born to Joseph by a previous marriage. Is there a name given to this tradition?
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Was Jesus crucified naked?

Wikipedia's article on crucifixion says While a crucifixion was an execution, it was also a humiliation, by making the condemned as vulnerable as possible. Although artists have traditionally ...
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Did Jesus own a home as an adult or was He a nomad?

Did Jesus own a home as an adult or was He a nomad? If He did own a home, did He live with someone else?
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Are there Christians who believe Jesus was an ideology and not a person?

Is there a denomination or Christian religion that believes that Jesus Christ was just an idea or way of thinking and that the apostles must have personalized him for the people to understand it ...
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What is the earliest non-Judeo-Christian reference to Jesus? [duplicate]

I am looking for the earliest references to Jesus that are not Biblical. I am looking to identify historical documents unrelated to the Christian church (at the time of the writing). On the Jewish ...
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Does the fact that Joseph was a *tekton* require that Jesus was as well?

I am not a scholar, but it always bothers me when preachers assume Jesus was a carpenter. And I've read the answers that project that his work was most likely in stone. But, as I understand it, at ...
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According to the Gospel of John, on which day of the week was Jesus crucified?

John 19:14-16: "Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, ...
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Is any of Jesus' carpentry still around?

Is there any of Jesus' carpentry still around or artifacts that people believe can be attributed to Jesus' work as a carpenter? Obviously this can't be answered with scripture alone. Since Google ...
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Was Jesus a political revolutionary? A violent one? [closed]

From a non-Christian and purely historical perspective, is there clear evidence on whether the historical Jesus was a political revolutionary? A violent political revolutionary? For example, this ...
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Was Jesus a Cynic (Greek philosophy)?

Cynicism is a school of Greek philosophy. It taught that the purpose of life was to live in virtue, in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, people could gain happiness by rigorous ...
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Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?

Did Pope Francis say these words about the miracle of the loaves and fishes or not: "This is the miracle: rather than a multiplication it is a sharing, inspired by faith and prayer"? Can we ...
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How could Jesus' audience hear Jesus without audio installation?

I am wondering, today we use microphones and large sound systems to amplify someone's speaking. How did they do that 2000 years ago? Jesus spoke outside regularly before large crowds of people. I ...
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What details does the Bible have about Jesus' birth and childhood?

What details does the Bible have about Jesus' birth and childhood? The Quran has a story where Jesus miraculously spoke from the cradle: O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor ...