Feb 21 • 35M

The Jesus of History

Episode 12 • Truth Isn't Afraid of Questions

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Shane Rosenthal
Shane Rosenthal was raised in a Jewish home but became an atheist at a very early age. Some years later, however, he ended up losing faith in atheism and converted to Christianity. On this podcast he talks with people from a wide variety of worldviews and perspectives in order explore the beliefs and ideas that shape our lives.
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On this episode, Shane interacts with statements made on a History Channel documentary about the reference to Jesus in the writings of Josephus. Some claim that the passage is a complete forgery, while others argue that the passage was mildly interpolated. So, outside the Gospels, what can we really know about Jesus from history? Do the Gospels qualify as history, or should they be set aside as works of religious propaganda?

• For further reading on this topic, check out the following articles by Shane Rosenthal: On Faith & History, and Why Should We Believe the Bible?

• If you’d like to listen to other interviews related to this episode, check out Shane’s interview with John Dickson, author of Is Jesus History?, as well as his conversation with Daniel Boyarin, author of The Jewish Gospels. If you’d like to hear the full discussion related to Josephus, here is the complete interview with Paul Maier.

The clips featuring Simcha Jacobovici originally appeared on this episode of The Naked Archaeologist.

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