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The consensus of many biblical historians put the dating of the earliest Gospel, that of Mark, at sometime after 70 C.E., and the last Gospel, John after 90 C.E. [Pagels, 1995; Helms]. This would make it some 40 years after the alleged crucifixion of Jesus that we have any Gospel writings that mention him! Elaine Pagels writes that "the first Christian gospel was probably written during the last year of the war, or the year it ended. Where it was written and by whom we do not know; the work is anonymous, although tradition attributes it to Mark..." [Pagels, 1995]
Plus, history is written by those who conquered it, but I think thats been covered.
So its safe to assume that all history is Christian biased?
Originally posted by CommonSense
The Shroud is very special. There are many who will attempt to debunk it with false info.
It is a suprise that Jesus was never documented by either the Romans or the Egyptians. To say that he was insignificant whilst he lived is totally untrue if we are to believe the Bible - we see him preaching to crowds of thousands and being hunted by the authorities. I find it unthinkable that someone with such a public face at the time would not be documented.
Originally posted by Jamuhn
How well would Jesus have been known outside of Israel at the time of his life? I'm not too educated about this, but were there any writings about Jesus by Israelis during this time period