Rich wrote:Now I'm going to take this slowly, because there's obviously some who are hard of thinking. Notice something funny about that passage: "He was the Christ". Now Josephus was not a Christian and not a follower of Jesus. Clearly it wasn't written by Josephus. How do people think we have Josephus' work? It was copied by Christians. Christians copied what they thought was good and burnt what they disagreed with. The Christians were pathological liars they were always changing texts to say what they thought they should say.
Oh, I agree. That passage was probably mistranslated a few times. But it is unlikely that it was completely made up, don't you think? Josephus probably did write about Jesus before the passage could have been mistranslated. And I agree, there isn't that much evidence proving Jesus did not exist, but there is some. And, on the other hand, there isn't much evidence proving that Jesus did not exist. So I maintain that Jesus most certainly did exist, but most of the stories about him are just myths, invented centuries later by the Church and its clergy.
As for him saying Jesus was "the Christ", keep in mind that Christ is just an anglicized version of the greek word for "Messiah", anyway. If his followers did believe that he was the Messiah mentioned in ancient Jewish texts, then it made sense for Josephus to write about that. Especially if he wrote in Latin, which doesn't really have any articles, so he could just be saying that he was a
messiah to his followers.
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