Extra-Biblical writings are those outside of the Bible. However what we?re talking about specifically is those that are from outside the Bible that talk about what the Bible claims. There are at least 39 sources from outside of the Bible as well as outside of Christianity that mention over 100 facts regarding Jesus? life, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection from outside the pages of the Bible.

Among the most popular on the list is Flavius Josephus (37-100 AD) because of how much he wrote concerning the history of the Jews. He was a pharisee of the priestly line and a Jewish Historian who verifies that Herod the Great, Herod Antipas, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, John the Baptist, James “the brother of Jesus,” Felix, Festus, and even Jesus, were all historical figures.

Of Jesus he said, “at this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And His conduct was good and He was known to be virtuous. Many people from among the Jews and other nations became His disciples. Pilate condemned Him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become His disciples did not abandon His discipleship. They reported that He had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that He was alive; accordingly, He was perhaps the messiah.” Antiquities 18:63 & 64

Cornelius Tacitus (55-120 AD) a Roman Historian who wrote around 115 AD, while not a Christian he did verify that Jesus lived, that he was from Judea, that he lived during the reign of Tiberius (14-37 AD), and was executed by Pontius Pilate, who governed the province of Judea from 26-36 AD.

In addition there are Seutonious (70-160 AD), Pliny the Younger (61 or 62-113 AD), Lucian (125-180+ AD), Trajan (53-117 AD) and many others who have verified that at least 80 persons mentioned in the Bible are actual historical figures. Fifty from the Old Testament and thirty from the New Testament.

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