Did Jesus exist as a real historical figure?

Reasons given for answering "Yes"
  • AD 30-175 sources report on Jesus
  • Specific things are known about jesus

      In addition to reports explicitly on Jesus's existence, we know several things about the historical Jesus.1 For example,…

      • …we know Jesus's tomb was empty.
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      This is relevant because if we know things about an historical Jesus, then there must be an historical Jesus.

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        Mark Allen Powell (NT professor at Trinity Lutheran, a founding editor of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus): “Jesus did more than just exist. He said and did a great many things that most historians are reasonably certain we can know about today.” [Jesus as a Figure in History (Westminster, 1998), 168.]
  • [Early sources show no sign of doubt/debate]

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  • [The AD 30 Jerusalem church believed Jesus existed]

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  • [The AD 30 Jerusalem Jews believed Jesus existed]

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  • Reasons given for answering "No"
  • [Miracle-workers aren't real historical figures]

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  • [1st century historians are silent on Jesus]

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  • [Jesus was copied from a prior mythic deity/deities]

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