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The foundations of many of the worlds religions have developed over periods of time spanning centuries The scriptures relating to each religion emerge as an authorative source which authenticate these foundations The foundation of Christianity the religion of Jesus Christ is based upon historical events the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth This period is believed to have spanned thirty three years This leaves one to question Did Jesus of Nazareth really exist and Can the foundations of a religion be developed over such a short period of time There is historical evidence outside of the bible which can prove the existence of Jesus of Nazareth There is also biblical evidence from the Old Testament which can prove the New Testament scriptures The evidence which will be provided will show that Jesus of Nazareth was more than just a historical figure It will show that Christianity developed from the Jewish beliefs and the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth There are several non-biblical and non-Christian sources available which support the facts that Jesus actually did exist as a historical person Josephus Tacitus and Pliny the Younger and the Talmud all spoke of Jesus of Nazareth in their records It is important to note that the historicity of these sources met the criteria used by historians to determine if a person lived in history if an event occurred in history and if a work of literature could be attributed to a supposed author They are historical documents Flavius Josephus was born around 37 AD and died 100 AD He was a Jewish aristocrat who led rebel troops against the Romans in Galilee during the First Jewish Revolt 66-73 AD He later betrayed the Jews and served the Romans He wrote two massive historical works The Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities John the Baptist James the Just brother of Jesus and Christ are all mentioned in Jewish Antiquities Twice Josephus mentions Jesus One time is in
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