In a recent blog I wrote about Josephus’ The Testimonium Flavianum. In doing some further reasearch of Josephus, I found this comparison between the Testimonium Flavianum and the passage from Luke known as the Road to Emmaus. Compare the two passages and see what you think:
|About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so-called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.
– Jewish Antiquities, 18.3.3 §63
Luke 24:19-21, 26-27
|19 “What things?” he (Jesus) asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.”
26 (Jesus) “Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
A most interesting comparison.
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