“Depends on what you consider a source to be. Cornelius Tacitus, a Roman historian, wrote about the execution of Jesus about 70 years after the fact. However, it is believed that Tacitus garnered this knowledge from official documents and statements that were available at that time, but which are no longer available. Tacitus is at least fairly reliable, as many of his other claims have been found to be truthful. Flavius Jospehus, about 40 years after the approximate date of Christ's execution also wrote about the faith and its purpose.
As a Roman historian, I can tell you that primary sources are very limited. In fact, there are only a handful of contemproary Roman writers.”
Nunyabiz1 on Feb 29, 2012 at 22:52:44
“that is not contemporary (meaning during the life of) and its not a fact either.
All Tacitus ever mentioned was a Christus and Christians being burned and many many years later.”
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