Jesus — Immanuel or Imposter?

Josephus also writes about James the half brother of Jesus:

But the younger Ananus who, as we said, received the high priesthood, was of a bold disposition and exceptionally daring; he followed the party of the Sadducees who were severe in judgment above all Jews, as we have already shown. As therefore Ananus was of such a disposition, he thought he had now a good opportunity, as Festus was now dead, and Albinus was still on the road; so he assembled a council of judges, and brought before it the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, whose name was James, together with some others, and having accused them as law-breakers he delivered them over to be stoned.

Being a Pharisee, it would seem Josephus had something to lose by stating the facts about Christ, which suggests that he was being truthful to history rather than trying to revise it.

Cornelius Tautus, born AD 52, was Governor of Asia. He wrote about Nero’s burning of Rome and blaming Christians for it.

Hence to suppress the rumor, he falsely charged with the guilt, and punished with most exquisite torture, the persons commonly called Christians, who were hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius: but the pernicious superstition repressed for a while broke out again, not only in Judea, but through the city of Rome also.

Although there are those who still maintain that Jesus never existed and was only a hoax of history, most scholars today agree that there was a man named Jesus who died by crucifixion under the command of Pontius Pilate.
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