Monday, January 4, 2016

Today was rich! It took two videos to show you the highlights. First, the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), touching the top of Calvary and Mass in the Tomb of Christ. I caught much of the action in the tomb and Archbishop Aquila’s homily.

The second video is also rich. Pater Noster Church, the prison of Jesus in St. Peter in Gallicantu, lunch at Rossini’s. Jerry and Debbie’s EWTN’s show (two of them) TAKE TWO. Great fun! Then the Holy Shroud Exhibit and a meeting with the Bishop of Jerusalem. Enjoy!

VIA DOLOROSA AND MASS IN THE TOMB

THE REST OF THE DAY WITH ALL THE AMAZING HIGHLIGHTS

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Is there Evidence for Jesus outside the Bible?

by Steve Ray on January 4, 2016

Some people think Jesus is a mythical figure like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Others think Jesus might be historical but only mentioned in the Bible is the only source of information on the existence of Jesus. They question whether Jesus really existed as a real historical figure. Is the Bible the only source that confirms the historical existence of Jesus?

Jesusat33AJesus was a historical person. He really lived in space and time. The Bible is a very reputable source of information about the historical Jesus who walked the paths of Israel. But even though the Bible is certainly adequate to affirm the existence of Jesus, there ARE other sources that confirm his historical existence.

Below are a list of books and websites that address this issue head-on. There is evidence of Jesus’ existence outside the Bible and these are books I have in my library that provide the evidence. No one has to doubt his historical existence, that is for sure. If you know of any other sources, please let me know in the Comments below.

Books about the Historical Evidence for Jesus

The Evidence for Jesus by R. T. France
The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ by Gary Habermas
Ancient Evidence for the Life of Jesus: Historical Records of His Death and Resurrection by Gary Habermas
Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence by Robert Van Voorst
The Evidence for Jesus by James Dunn

Internet Sources

Wikipedia has a pretty helpful source under the title Historicity of Jesus. It deals with early Christian sources outside the Bible but I would especially point out the subsection on Greco-Roman sources which provides a number of good quotations.

New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? by F. F. Bruce. The complete book is on-line.

The above are mostly Protestant books though they are very good. If anyone knows other books or a good Catholic source, let me know. Good websites would be especially welcome.

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