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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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  • BAS says

    To my understanding:

    The truth is the following–

    “Jesus” is the Greek rendition of his true name–

    Je’hoshua ben Yosef

    He was a pious and devout rabbi (teacher) who urged his Jewish brethren to carefully follow and observe fully the moral teachings of the divine Torah.

    He did not proclaim or consider himself to be of divine oneness with Almighty G-D.
    He was also an activist who opposed the brutal Roman occupation and denounced the emperor’s claim of “divinity”.
    He proclaimed that worship was due ONLY to the ONE true living G-D (creator and master of the world).

    For this “crime” he was denounced as a traitor and brutally murdered by the Roman overlords.

    He was not a “Christian”.

    The first Christians were a small group of devoted followers who subsequently deified him to soothe the agony of their loss.

    He was of the greatest of MEN who followed in the path of the Patriarchs, Moses, and the Prophets of G-D. Together with them he proclaimed divine Torah ethics and morality to our suffering world.

    Jerrold Terdiman MD

    • K says

      I love this. Totally agree.
      Have you seen the Aramaic Bible translation by Dr. Lamsa? Anyway, I’m also still looking for where HELL comes from. Where the TRINITY comes from. And whether Jesus told anyone to start a Church. I think he did not.

      Here is the link to the better translation of the Bible: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Bible-Ancient-Translation-Peshitta/dp/0060649232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527207573&sr=8-1&keywords=lamsa

      • BAS says

        Thank you,

        It’s nice to know that there are people who acknowledge the truth.


      • John says

        Perhaps Constantine is a good place to start, you can then work backwards and forward in time to see where many of these false doctrines emanated from, and how many still continue to permeate the main churches today, e.g. trinity, hellfire. infant baptism, etc., etc.

    • John says

      More importantly, which I might add, you appear to have omitted, is the fact that Jesus was the son of God and that he was a perfect man – he had to be perfect because God required the sacrifice of a perfect human to atone for the sin of Adam, who was created perfect.
      Jesus fulfilled the Law and with his sacrificial death he nailed the Law to the stake as well…..or in other words he fulfilled the Law, and it was not longer in force.
      After his death disciples of the Christ became known as Christians, however Constantine – the NOT so Great – made a mess of true Christianity with the introduction of many pagan beliefs with such doctrines as the trinity, hellfire, the celebrations of christmas and easter, etc.

  • Pernell says

    First of all I don’t like this and second of all Jesus don’t exist the name Jesus did not get into the Bible until the year 1634 the letter J was the last letter in the alphabet and I didn’t come until 1550 so how is Jesus real when that was never his name which I keep calling him that y’all brought that double into existence and you will feel the wrath of Yahawa and his true son Yahawashi

    • Andrew says

      please need help of original pronounition of original name of messiah

    • John says

      ……and what about ALL the other names recorded in the Bible, e.g. Jeremiah, Jonah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, etc., etc……we do not call these Bible writers by their Hebrew names, and of course there are a plethora of other names contained in God’s word and we do not attempt to call them by their Hebrew names…….why change when the widely accepted names for God and His son are Jehovah and Jesus Christ, respectively.


    Jesus did exist and was the son of God according to the scriptures. If we doubt this , we are not true Christians , because this would say that Yahweh is a lier and that would be blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Read your bible and believe in god’s divine wisdom.

    • obert says

      Why are we mixing Jesus and Yahweh .and who has the power to change Yahweh’s name to Jesus .The bible is confusing but the scripture says seek the truth and you will found it. Who has power to change yahovah’s name to GOD.? Good question but who will answer . I which Constantine was alive was gonna take him to the world court.

      • John says

        Obert said: “who has the power to change Yahweh’s name to Jesus”
        Why do you use the names Yahweh and Jesus
        Why not Yahweh and Yeshuah
        Jehovah and Jesus……..which is more in keeping with the modern English language
        Whilst Constantine “set the ball rolling,” so the saying goes, the thought that Jesus and God are the same personages, is rife today in all main line religions of christendom – all thanks to the false, pagan doctrine of the trinity.
        Colossians 1:15 -17 clearly shows that Jesus was the first born of ALL creation, and that Jesus created all other things, animate and inanimate

  • John says

    Stephen, you should really give away reading fairy stories, you would get more sense,and truth from God’s word.

  • John says

    I would suggest that you start reading the Bible……….and give away, or preferably, burn your collection of science fiction comics

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