Gary Habermas on Evidence for Jesus Beyond the New Testament Documents

The 27 ancient documents we call the New Testament are, of course, history’s primary source material on the life of Jesus of Nazareth.  In this short clip, Gary Habermas talks about roughly a dozen and a half additional sources – outside the New Testament – which corroborate the historicity of Jesus.

“Overall, at least seventeen non-Christian writings record more than fifty details concerning the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, plus details concerning the earliest church. Most frequently reported is Jesus’ death, mentioned by twelve sources. Dated approximately 20 to 150 years after Jesus’ death, these secular sources are quite early by the standards of ancient historiography.” -Dr. Gary Habermas

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2 Responses to Gary Habermas on Evidence for Jesus Beyond the New Testament Documents

  1. Mike Gantt says:

    Rob Nix,

    The link you provide is to a document that refers to another document, both saying that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. Therefore, a reader has a choice to believe you and the people who wrote those two documents…or to believe the apostles of Jesus Christ who wrote the New Testament documents. That is, we can believe the testimony of people who said they knew Jesus personally or we can believe people that lived two thousand years after the fact. Someone is lying, and I don’t think it’s the apostles of Jesus of Nazareth.

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