The fact that an ancient table of contents, already referred to in the Latin version of the fifth or sixth century, omits mention josephus writing about jesus christ the Testimonium though, admittedly, it is selective, one must find it hard to believe that such a remarkable passage would be omitted by anyone, let alone by a Christian, summarizing the work is further indication that there was no such notice.
Rather, they focus on this question: Do you want to have no fear of authority? Jesus was executed by Pilate by means of crucifixion. Now the report goes that this eldest Ananus proved a most fortunate man; for he had five sons who had all performed the office of a high priest to God, and who had himself enjoyed that dignity a long time formerly, which had never happened to any other of our high priests.
In any case, Jerome's claim constitutes "pious fraud," one of many committed by Christian proponents over the centuries, a rampant practice, in fact, that must be kept in mind when considering the authenticity of the TF.
His recitation of the TF did not come to light until As Meier quotes Thackery, "Josephus was a patchwork writer. As pointed out above, Josephus has no problem describing John the Baptist in neutral-to-moderately favourable terms. An Authentic Core of Josephan Language and Style Perhaps the most important factor leading most scholars to accept the partial-authenticity position is that a substantial part of the TF reflects Josephan language and style.
He was the Christ. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared. Van Voorst agrees, "because Christians generally avoid a positive use of the word 'pleasure,' with its connotation of 'hedonism,'  it is difficult to imagine a Christian scribe using it here about Jesus' followers.
Moreover, Christian copyists also handled the works of the Jewish historian Philo for hundreds of years; yet we have no Testimonium Philoum to wrangle over. Moreover, when the obvious Christian glosses -- which are rich in New Testament terms and language not found in the core -- are removed or restored to their original the remaining core passage is coherent and flows well.
On his father's side he came from a priestly family. This means that if the remaining text is coherent and can stand on its own without the corrupt portions of the text, there is no reason to go beyond the evidence.
In addition to the above, I would stress how unlikely it would be that Josephus would uncritically accept the word of a few members of a strange off-shoot of Judaism if Josephus had heard nothing of Jesus or Christians while he lived in Palestine for so many years.
Lest it be suggested that Josephus somehow could have been ignorant of the events in question, the Catholic Encyclopedia "Flavius Josephus" says: Additionally, the use of the simple name "Jesus" favours Josephan authorship. Since we have no evidence that the historicity of Jesus was questioned in the first centuries, we should not be surprised that the passage was never quoted until the fourth century.
By quoting the materials in question.
Complaints and demands are made. A False Witness Despite the best wishes of sincere believers and the erroneous claims of truculent apologists, the Testimonium Flavianum has been demonstrated continually over the centuries to be a forgery, likely interpolated by Catholic Church historian Eusebius in the fourth century.
Jesus argued against the zealous revolutionaries and was not an apocalyptic fanatic; Jospehus would have admired this argument and position. Whereupon Albinus complied with what they said, and wrote in anger to Ananus, and threatened that he would bring him to punishment for what he had done; on which king Agrippa took the high priesthood from him, when he had ruled but three months, and made Jesus, the son of Damneus, high priest.
Meier does not pretend that Josephus unbelief was frightening or "disconcerting.
What possible purpose could a Christian have in interpolating such a neutral account about Jesus when no one was arguing that he did not exist or denying that he was believed to have done some impressive deeds? However, Ambrose completely fails to note that Josephus claimed that Jesus was the Christ.
They have noted that, in general, Christian copyists were quite conservative in transmitting texts.Flavius Josephus was a Jewish priest at the time of the Jewish Revolt of A.D. He was captured by the Romans, imprisoned, set free, and then retired to Rome where he wrote a history of the Jewish Revolt called the Jewish War.
Later he wrote Antiquities as a history of the Jews. It is in. (1) Josephus was a 1st century Jewish historian who talked about Jesus (and his brother James cf. Antiquities ). (2) This passage (Antiquities ) is disputed and likely does contain some Christian interpolations (fancy word for some Christian edits or embellishments).
"Since Josephus was not a Christian but an orthodox Jew, it is impossible that he should have believed or written that Jesus was the Christ or used the words 'if it be lawful to call him a man,' which imply the Christian belief in Jesus' divinity. Second, Jerome -- writing at the end of the Fourth Century -- also cites the TF and explicitly differs from Eusebius' version by noting that Josephus merely stated that Jesus was "called the Christ." Josephus in the 18th book of Antiquities, most expressly acknowledges that Christ was slain by the Pharisees, on account of the greatness of his.
By Paul L. Maier, Emeritus Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University.
Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37 – c. ) was a Jewish historian born in Jerusalem four years after the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth in the same city.
1. The Mystery of Josephus' Jesus Account An introductory history of the scholarly controversy over Josephus' Jesus account, from 93 CE to the present. 2. The Josephus-Luke Connection The article introducing the surprising relationship found between the Testimonium and the Gospel of Luke.
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