In AD 30 Jerusalem, was true witness-derived Jesus biography easily accessible, or even hard to avoid?

“Yes, after all…
  • In the AD 30-70 Mediterranean, Jesus-bio truths prevailed
  • Acts 2 “You all know!” dates to AD 30

      Rather than being a later fabrication, the Acts 2:22-39 speech is primitive, dating to c. AD 30..

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      In general, Acts 2-4 speeches are primitive.
      It fits themes in Peter’s sermons.
      Luke-Acts didn't invent it.
      The speech matches Jewish sermons.
      Their quoting Joel is mulitply attested.
      The eschatology is primitive.
      Jesus isn’t given theological titles.

      This is relevant because in this speech—specifically Acts 2:221—Peter etc. confidently asserts that Jesus’s essential biographical details were common knowledge to the audience at Pentecost in Jerusalem. Such a loud boast from Peter and company shortly after Jesus’s death makes little sense if he didn’t strongly believe it. And yet if Peter and company so believed the facts were well-known, then it is unlikely to have been a random unjustified belief; it was likely true.1, 2

      1. Acts 2:22Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know
      2. F.F. Bruce: “…one of the strong points in the original apostolic preaching is the confident appeal to the knowledge of the hearers (Acts 2:22) [The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (Eerdmans, 1960), 46.]
      3. Compare Lk 24, where Cleopas says “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” One might insist report is historically unreliable, but the case for its eyewitness-based authenticity is strong.
  • Jesus-bio witnesses+testimonies flourished in 1st church

      The Jerusalem church (led by Jesus’s apostles) was the gathering of most of the key witnesses to Jesus’s ministry and life. .

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      1st church members were Jesus-bio witnesses

      This is relevant because the 1st church was evangelistic about Jesus to the world, and was easily accessible (in addition to being a natural place to go learn Jesus-bio). So this ultimately contributes to the sparsity of lies/errors in relation to relevant truths circulating in AD 30 Jerusalem.

  • In general, ECs were honest about Jesus-bio
  • In AD 30 Jerusalem, witnesses killed any false rumors
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