NT313 Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders

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Evans’ study of the historical Jesus has led him to seek all kinds of ancient sources related to Christ. This course is a result of that study, focusing on the evidence from extrabiblical sources and seeing what they reveal about the life of Christ. Examine works by Roman and Jewish writers, and even invocations of Jesus’ name in pagan incantations, and discover what these works can tell us about Christ’s place in history.

Introduction

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

2m

The Witness of Roman Writers

Tacitus and Suetonius

Tacitus and Suetonius

5m
Pliny the Younger

Pliny the Younger

7m
Celsus and Lucian

Celsus and Lucian

4m
Using Clippings to Document Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses to Christ

Using Clippings to Document Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses to Christ

5m
Mara bar Serapion

Mara bar Serapion

3m

The Witness of Jewish Writers

Josephus’ Jewish Antiquities

Josephus’ Jewish Antiquities

7m
Using Timelines in Logos to Find Events in Jesus’ Life

Using Timelines in Logos to Find Events in Jesus’ Life

5m
Translations of Josephus and Rabbinic Literature

Translations of Josephus and Rabbinic Literature

7m
The Qur’an and Other Writings

The Qur’an and Other Writings

6m
Building and Searching a Collection of Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses to Christ

Building and Searching a Collection of Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses to Christ

7m

Invocations of the Name of Jesus

The Greek Magical Papyrus

The Greek Magical Papyrus

3m
Silver Phylactery from Beirut

Silver Phylactery from Beirut

2m
Magic Bowls

Magic Bowls

3m
Curse Tablets and Lamellae

Curse Tablets and Lamellae

3m
The “Jesus Cup”

The “Jesus Cup”

4m

Conclusion

Relevance of These Witnesses

Relevance of These Witnesses

2m