- Nov 17, 2005
I do believe the point there is that even though Josephus was a Jew and believed that Jesus was not the child spoken about in Jewish Prohecy as per Isaiah, He still admits to his existance. Therefore proving that even those who didn't think that Christ was who he said he was, he was still alive at the said time and did the things that was said about him, Of couse what you believe with regards to how he did the things he did is another matter, the point is others admitted to his existance and to his deeds.. even those opposing him
My point is that a non-christian Jew making such statements is more than a little strange. Therefore the chances are that Josephus was subject to a bit of judicious editing by someone wanting to present evidence for the divinity of christ. If the text was edited, why not suppose that any reference to christ was inserted entirely?
If Josephus was falsified, then why not tacitus, who gets other facts wrong in the same paragraph that he supposedly references the existence of christ?