Monday, 13 February 2017
Did Jesus Exist ? "He certainly existed, as virtually every competent scholar of antiquity, Christian or non-Christian, agrees".
Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed historically. In a 2011 review of the state of modern scholarship,
Bart D Ehrman writes, "He certainly existed, as virtually every competent scholar of antiquity, Christian or non-Christian, agrees".
Richard A. Burridge states: "There are those who argue that Jesus is a figment of the Church's imagination, that there never was a Jesus at all. I have to say that I do not know any respectable critical scholar who says that any more".
James D.G. Dunn calls the theories of Jesus' non-existence "a thoroughly dead thesis". Michael Grant (a classicist) wrote in 1977, "In recent years, 'no serious scholar has ventured to postulate the non historicity of Jesus' or at any rate very few, and they have not succeeded in disposing of the much stronger, indeed very abundant, evidence to the contrary".
Robert E. Van Voorst states that biblical scholars and classical historians regard theories of non-existence of Jesus as effectively refuted. - Johnson Watts
[ Ehrman, Bart (2011). Forged: writing in the name of God – Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. HarperCollins. p. 285. ISBN 978-0-06-207863-6. ]
[ Burridge, Richard A.; Gould, Graham (2004). Jesus Now and Then. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-8028-0977-3.]
[ Price, Robert M. (2009). The Historical Jesus: Five Views. InterVarsity. pp. 55, 61. ISBN 978-0-8308-7853-6. ] "Jesus at the Vanishing Point". In Beilby, James K.; Eddy, Paul R.
[ Sykes, Stephen W. (2007).
"Paul's understanding of the death of Jesus". Sacrifice and Redemption. Cambridge University Press. pp. 35–36. ISBN 978-0-521-04460-8. ]
[ Grant, Michael (1977).
Jesus: An Historian's Review of the Gospels. Scribner's. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-684-14889-2. Van Voorst 2000, p. 16. ]