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Who Was Jesus? Exploring the History of Jesus’ Life

In this FREE eBook, examine fundamental questions about Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus is the central figure of Christianity, the world’s largest religion. As a teacher in first-century Galilee, he influenced thousands. Yet many questions today surround this enigmatic person. Where was he really born—Bethlehem or Nazareth? Did he marry? Is there evidence outside of the Bible that proves he actually walked the earth?

The brand-new Biblical Archaeology Society eBook Who Was Jesus? Exploring the History of Jesus’ Life, drawn from articles in Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review, examines the history of Jesus’ life, from where he was born, where he grew up and whether there is extra-Biblical evidence for his existence.

Chapter 1

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible


Did Jesus of Nazareth really exist? What’s the evidence outside of the Bible? In “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible,” Lawrence Mykytiuk examines Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E. These records give us a glimpse of the person who would become the central figure in Christianity mere decades after his crucifixion.

Chapter 2

Jesus’ Birthplace and Jesus’ Home


Where was Jesus born? The Gospels of Matthew and Luke say that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. So why is he called a Nazorean and a Galilean throughout the New Testament? In “Jesus’ Birthplace and Jesus’ Home,” Philip J. King examines what the Bible actually says about Bethlehem, traditionally considered Jesus’ birthplace, and Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown.

Chapter 3

Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found?


What was Nazareth like during Jesus’ time? In “Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found?” Ken Dark describes the excavation of an intriguing first-century “courtyard house” that may have been revered as Jesus’ boyhood home in the Byzantine period. Other archaeological evidence suggests that Jesus’ Nazareth was larger and wealthier than previously thought.

Chapter 4

Did Jesus Marry?


Modern movies and novels always want to marry Jesus off to one of his most prominent—and perhaps scandalous—female followers, Mary Magdalene. But Jesus’ own words suggest he wasn’t interested in such worldly matters, according to Birger A. Pearson in “Did Jesus Marry?”

Chapter 5

Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?


Matthew, Mark and Luke say that Jesus was crucified on Passover, suggesting that the Last Supper was a Seder, a ritual meal held in celebration of this Jewish holiday. John indicates otherwise. Who’s right, if any of them? Jonathan Klawans examines this question in “Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?”

We hope you enjoy this journey through the history of Jesus’ life. These and other fascinating insights into the Biblical world can be found in the pages of Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review.

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  • David says

    Mark Is right and wrong. He is right about the pagan things wrapped around yeshua. But it wasn’t yeshua who wrapped a lot of pagan rubbish around him self it was the Christian church take the rubbish away , yeshua was the adopted son of god not god and as for the trinity 3 into 1 won’t go.The Christian church has a lot to answer for, Is it not strange how the Christian church points to the coming Anti Christ in the future but Paul in 2 Thessaloniañs says he is already there but one man holds him back but will shortly be taken away. The early church fathers believed this ment when the last roman emperor was gone the Anti Christ will appear and it did the Christian church.

  • johanes says

    Mark, I hope you will kindly do a research to prove that BAR is inaccurate.Thx

  • Mark says

    If you want to learn more about the Hebrew Messiah Yeshua vs. the pagan Roman solar deity, Jesus, pick up a copy of “Exposing Lucifer” in Kindle or Paperback versions from Amazon and have your eyes opened.

  • Mark says

    There was no “Jesus”. Jesus isn’t even Hebrew; he is a pagan Roman solar deity comprised of a conglomeration of some 16 pagan deities under the banner of Sol Invictus. Jesus even shares the very same birthday with those solar deities and he shares the same sunrise “Sun”-day easter resurrection with Tammuz.

    Jesus was first created in the 4th century CE, under the direction of the pagan Constantine, as Iesous, Constantine never converted to “Christianity”, he made Christianity convert to Hellenism. Jesus has nothing to do with the Hebrew Messiah Yeshua and is, in fact, the anti-Messiah, or as Christians call it, “anti-Christ”.

    Instead of wasting time by propagating a Roman solar deity named “Jesus”, why don’t you research some historical facts about Yeshua? Otherwise you are doing nothing more than parroting the pagan false religious system.

  • Eric says

    Yeshua was Black. I believe that He was married, or at least in an emotional romance with Mary Magdalene. Also, can BAS touch on how Yeshua became Jesus and the impact the Council of Nicea had on Christianity.

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