281: Did Jesus Really Exist?

 In Anthropology, Apologetics, Archaeology, History, Jesus, Philosophy, Podcast

Was Jesus a real person? Did he actually exist? Is there evidence that Jesus was a real historical person?

Yes, Jesus was indeed a real person. And, yes, there is plenty of evidence for this. In fact, the evidences for this is overwhelming. Jesus being a real historical person has not ever been in question throughout history until very recently. Even religious skeptics throughout the ages have accepted the reality of a man named Jesus that lived in Palestine in the first-century.

In this episode, Kenny gives the reasons and evidences for the historical Jesus.

 

Works Cited

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died? [article by Dr Simon Gathercole]

Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? (Maurice Casey)

Contra Celsum [Wikipedia entry]

Josephus on Jesus [Wikipedia entry]

Pliny the Younger speaks about Christians [Wikipedia entry]

Tacitus mentions Jesus [Wikipedia entry]

Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability [article by Matt Slick]

“Minimal Facts” Approach to the Resurrection [lecture from Gary Habermas]

 

Additional Recommend Resources

The Evidence for Jesus [article by William Lane Craig]

Is there proof that Jesus existed? [article by Matt Slick]

The Resurrection of the Son of God (NT Wright)

The New Testament in Its World (NT Wright & Michael Bird)

The Case for Christ (Lee Stroebl)

Is There Any Evidence That Jesus Didn’t Exist? [YouTube video from William Lane Craig]

Did Jesus Even Exist? Responding to 5 Objections Raised by @rawstory [article by Michael J. Kruger]

Did Jesus Really Exist? [article by Paul L. Maier]

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (Gary Habermas and Michael Licona)