- Is there any historical (NOT religious) documentation of the events described in the Bible's New Testament?
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- Hans-Georg Lundahl,
Studied religions as curious parallels and contrasts to Xtian faith since 9, 10?
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- The requirement “historical” and “not religious” is fairly contradictory.
You can’t get ANY historical documentation of these times which is not somehow or other religious.
But perhaps you meant specifically outside the Christian religion.
If we go to the events of the Gospels, well, not very much documentation, unless you accept, as perhaps you should, the Acts of Pilate as genuine.
Jewish smear campaigns on how Christ did His miracles are smear campaigns, not documentation - but they do document that He did work miracles, as “magic” would not have been an option if he had only been preaching.
As to the events in Acts, in general it is fairly well attested that Christians existed about that time and were targetted by Pagan Rome.
See Tacitus, Suetonius and perhaps a few more.
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- Yes, I think it is an error on your part.
It is an error not to allow someone who knows about Toledoth Yeshu type Rabbinic literature not to call that Jewish smear campaigns.
And it includes the accusation, at least if you look at the end of Toledoth Yeshu, most probably levelled at Jesus, of Jesus having learned magic in Egypt and gained magic powers by the sacrilege of tattooing the Divine Name on his skin.
Or, if you thhought I was too snarky to a man who had asked, "Is there any historical (NOT religious) documentation of the events described in the Bible's New Testament?" by telling him "the requirement “historical” and “not religious” is fairly contradictory," and "you can’t get ANY historical documentation of these times which is not somehow or other religious," it is an error on your part not to allow for my being aware of facts which make his question rather ludicrous about its formulation.
Especially, since I just after it added a non-snarky and fairly respectful suggestion like "but perhaps you meant specifically outside the Christian religion," after which I proceeded to provide that.
I really and truly think either of these causes of considering my answer as violating the BNBR policy as tantamount to making it a hindrance to freedom of information, a boon to people who don't know and who are politically correct, insofar as they wish not to be corrected by anyone knowing better, and a hindrance to anyone with some knowledge of the historical matters here at hand.
Thank you in advance for responding to my appeal, which will contain this link after a copy of these words.
Hans Georg Lundahl
on the St Victoria, V and M
- Update Christmas Eve
- Answer was uncollapsed, and an excuse offered and accepted.
Merry Christmas, quora!
- One more thing
- If you want to know more about this, check out this series of posts, mostly one one blog, given after, and I am linking to first post in series, links to the rest are included in the post:
The Question of Contemporary Evidence
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