Was there a historical ‘Jesus of Nazareth?’
Just a reminder of my ebook/PDF special, in case you haven’t gotten a copy yet. If you have, thanks! I hope you are enjoying it. If not, don’t forget that I’ve included in this collection of nine (9) of my PDFs a brand-new article entitled:
Was There a Historical ‘Jesus of Nazareth?”
The Use of Midrash to Create a Biographical Detail in the Gospel Story
Here’s a summary:
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is depicted as having been brought up in a city called “Nazareth,” a purported biographical detail upon which much speculation has been hung over the centuries as to a “historical” Jewish messiah figure in the gospel story, buried somewhere underneath layers of pious elaboration. In this regard, countless Jesus biographies have been constructed significantly around this purported place of origin that would indicate a historical personage. Indeed, whenever scholars wish to distinguish between the “historical Jesus” and the “Christ of faith,” they use this designation “Jesus of Nazareth” to depict the former.
Despite all of this speculation, there exists no hard scientific evidence that the polis or “city” of Nazareth as depicted in the New Testament even existed at the time when Christ was supposedly being raised there. Although there exists a centuries-later “historic Nazareth” in Israel, archaeological explorations during the past century have failed to demonstrate any such city of the time in the general vicinity. In reality, it appears that Jesus was made to be “of Nazareth” so that he could be called a “Nazarene” or “Nazoraean/Nazorean,” a member of an ancient pre-Christian sect, of which the Old Testament hero Samson was said to have been an adherent as well.
You can get my new article at the link above, as part of the special collection! Included is scholarly analysis of the biblical Greek of both the Old and New Testaments. However, I believe I’ve succeeded in making the information available even to novices.
Don’t forget the other ebooks included in this special collection, which will only be available for a limited time:
The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus Christ
Jesus as the Sun throughout History
Who Was Jesus? (39-page ebook excerpt)
Was Mithra Born of a Virgin?
The Acharya Articles Collection:
“The Pagan Origins of the Christian Mysteries
“Jesus Christ, Mason of God”
“Moon Mary, Queen of Heaven”
The Zeitgeist Sourcebook
Acharya’s Religion 101 for Seekers
I hope you enjoy my writings!