Strong Historical Textual Evidence
for Jesus’ Existence:
There are over 42 sources within 150 years after Jesus’ death
which mention his existence and record many events of his life.
1. 9 Traditional New Testament Authors
A. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul,
Author of Hebrews, James,
Peter, and Jude.
2. 20 Early Christian Writers Outside the New Testament
A. Clement of Rome, 2 Clement, Ignatius, Polycarp,
Martyrdom of Polycarp, Didache, Barnabas, Shepherd of Hermas,
Fragments of Papias, Justin Martyr, Aristides, Athenagoras,
Theophilus of Antioch, Quadratus, Aristo of Pella, Melito of Sardis,
Diognetus, Gospel of Peter, Apocalypse of Peter,
and Epistula Apostolorum.
3. 4 Heretical Writings
A. Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Truth,
Apocryphon of John, and Treatise on Resurrection.
4. 9 Secular Sources
A. Josephus (Jewish historian),
B. Tacitus (Roman historian),
C. Pliny the Younger (Roman politician),
D. Phlegon (freed slave who wrote histories),
E. Lucian (Greek satirist),
F. Celsus (Roman philosopher),
G. Mara Bar Serapion (prisoner awaiting execution),
So, the question is, the next time someone tells you "There's no evidence that a man named Jesus of Nazareth ever historically existed!" what will you tell them?