·in 2003 a relics dealer claimed to have discovered a limestone
mortuary box that held the remains of Jesus’ brother. The inscription read,
“James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.”
historical scholar claims to have found evidence proving that the story of
Jesus as described in the New Testament is a fiction, and that historical
claims about Jesus were actually created by Roman aristocrats to control the
Atwill, who is the author of a book entitled ‘Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman
Conspiracy to Invent Jesus’, asserts that Christianity did not begin as a
religion, but was actually a sophisticated government propaganda exercise used
to pacify the subjects of the Roman Empire.”
take on Jesus is of course not new. In 1844 Karl Marx famously declared
religion as the opiate of the masses. History is filled with skeptics, freethinkers,
atheists, agnostics and other doubters who have questioned religious doctrine
claims are based on what he described as important and revealing parallels
between a first-person account of first-century Judea (an ancient Roman province
now part of Israel and Palestine) and the New
to have eluded many scholars is that the sequence of events and locations of
Jesus ministry are more or less the same as the sequence of events and
locations of the military campaign of (Emperor) Titus Flavius as described by
Josephus,” Atwill wrote in a blog on his web site.
believes that the story of Jesus was actually copied and created from the
biography of the Roman emperor.
for a Historical Jesus?
Atwill’s thesis is intriguing, there are reasons to be skeptical.
reality is we are unlikely ever to know the ‘facts’ about Jesus,” says Ronald A.
Lindsay, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry, a non-profit
educational organization. Lindsay authored an essay on the evidence for Jesus
in the book “Sources of the Jesus Tradition.”
too many different stories about him, all of which have some serious
credibility problems and which are inconsistent with one another,” Lindsay told
Discovery News. “For the objective historian, he will always remain a shadowy
figure, with little substantive biographical content. On the one hand, we have
many who will take things on faith, accepting some subset of the stories as
unquestionably true. On the other hand, there are those who insist that Jesus
is an invented figure, a myth or a hoax. I think both of these extremes are
almost equally implausible.”
scholars, as well as lay Christians, have long sought hard evidence of events
and miracles described in the Bible, ranging from Noah’s Ark to the Shroud of Turin, with little
success. New claims about proof of Jesus surface every few years.
Claiming to Be Jesus
in 2003 a relics dealer claimed to have discovered a limestone mortuary box
that held the remains of Jesus’ brother. The inscription read, “James, son of
Joseph, brother of Jesus.”
made international news and spawned several documentaries, including one titled
“The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” which aired on the Discovery Channel. Further
investigation by the Israeli Antiquities Authority concluded that though the
ossuary box was authentic, the inscription on it had been faked.
last year an historian at Harvard Divinity School claimed to have found
documentary evidence in the form of a fragment of Coptic writing on papyrus
that Jesus was married; a later analysis by Biblical scholars suggested the
writing was hoaxed.
over, these “discoveries” typically turn out to be far more hype than fact and
are trotted out as teasers to promote a new book, TV series or film. And, of
course, Dan Brown made millions from his own fictional, conspiracy-laden
versions of Jesus’ story — though his premise is claimed by a few writers to be
based on fact.
Atwill’s claims have yet to be verified by other historians, whatever their
consensus it will certainly not resolve the matter. The likelihood that any
sort of real, definitive proof about Jesus will suddenly be discovered two
millennia after he died (assuming, of course, that he existed) is vanishingly
remote. Then again, that’s why religions are based on faith. Note this content is Copyright protected.
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