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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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  • Jim says

    Maybe one should like to read, if interested, Colossians 1:15-(23). Also John 3:5-21 and John 14:7-11. You may think that after reading these passages, that I believe in the Trinity. You would be right in thinking that.

  • Radhakrishnan.N says

    I fully trust and believe that Jesus is the only God.

  • John says

    Susan said: “God created Jesus”
    The well known scripture at John 3:16 verifies this and Colossians 1:15 -17 backs this up and in fact states that Jesus was the FIRST BORN of ALL creation and through Him ALL other things were created. We can see that Jesus had a principle role from the “beginning” of time.

    • BAS says

      Jesus was not created, the beginning of the gospel of John states in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God the same was in the beginning with God ALL THINGS were made by him and WITHOUT HIM was NOTHING CREATED THAT WAS CREATED AND MADE. In explaining the eternity of Jesus we can read from proverbs 8 where Jesus is likened to wisdom. He says in verse 22-30 things like…the Lord possessed me(wisdom/Jesus) in the beginning of his way BEFORE HIS WORKS OF OLD….I was there from everlasting, from the beginning before there ever was an earth…when he established…then I was BY HIM AS ONE WHO GREW UP WITH HIM, I WAS DAILY HIS DELIGHT REJOICING ALWAYS BEFORE HIM. Jesus is the wisdom of God, the master craftsman there has never been a moment when God was without wisdom.He was there in the beginning of God’s way and we don’t know what His way means but Jesus was there anyways.Colossians 1:17(verse16 is also recommended) he is BEFORE ALL THINGS and by him ALL THINGS are sustained. JESUS says I and my Father ARE ONE. Jhn10:30 and many other like verses. Topics like this one are understandably confusing because of the amount of information not revealed to us but we can make maximum use of what is revealed already on the topic.

      • John says

        BAS says: “Jesus was not created………….”
        Colossians 1:15 clearly states that Jesus was “…..the first born of all creation…….” and Revelation 3:14 backs that up when it points out that Jesus was the beginning of the creation by God………this then puts credence to the words of Genesis 1:26 where it says that God said, “…..let us make man in OUR image” (upper case letters are my means of emphasis)…..also when Jesus said that he and his Father were one, he was not saying that they were one and the same personage, or part of a “mystic” trinity but, that their thoughts and purposes were the same, especially with respects to God’s kingdom which was the basis of Jesus’ teachings when he was on earth as a human.
        Also at John 14:28 Jesus said that the Father was greater than he was and at
        1 Corinthians 11:3 it clearly states that the head of Christ is God……no equality mentioned! Philippians 2:6-9 says that Jesus did not consider himself to be equal to God, this also explains how Jesus, when on earth as a perfect human, often prayed to his Father in heaven and that God, after he resurrected Jesus, exalted Him above everything else. IF Jesus WAS God, as you seem to imply with your trinitarian views, who resurrected him after his sacrificial death??
        John 3:16 calls Jesus God’s “only begotten” son, which means he was unique in that he was the only direct creation of God……..as Colossians 1:16 says that ALL other things whether in heaven or on earth were created by Jesus.
        See also John 8:28, 29 God sent Jesus to the earth so that at some time in the future the ransom sacrifice could be applied to redeem mankind from Adamic sin.

  • Damian says

    We know he was Jewish, we also know he was born in Israel, and he was not white and he was not born on the 25th of December, why all the lies of the church

    • John says

      Damien do some research on Constantine the Great (NOT so Great) and you will find answers to some of your questions.

  • Susan says

    I know what you say is truthful. There are the masses who believe more at the minister of a church than actually seeking for truth by just start reading the bible they so proudly confess they own one but never took the time to read it or have any idea how it came to be. I had event in my life that set out seeking the truth. “my people will perish due to lack of knowledge”. The Book of Leviticus states Jesus is the direct prophet of the great and wonderful God. God created Jesus in great mercy of teachings and miracles.He was sent to uncover the deceivers and those preaching the most impious doctrine. Biblical interpretation. It’s helpful to know the bible is a series of letters written between different people that we are to learn from. Each letter had an intended audience, and a certain culture, temporal, and geographical context in which it is set. without context you don’t get the word of God. You get legalism and false doctrine.

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