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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Jesus Chrestus tells about Jesus Christ, who established Christianity in Rome instead of Judea, despite of all beliefs. Jesus as a name was in its original form Isus, which was used by a male high priest of Isis' temple. Jesus Chrestus tells the truth on Christianity and its birth story in the city of Rome.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Mythicists have suggested that the spelling Chrestianos indicates that Tacitus was referring to a different movement that followed someone named Chrestus, not to the Christians at all. Supposedly this Chrestus was a Jewish zealot who led an uprising in Rome during the reign of Claudius.

In his life of the Roman emperor Claudius, Suetonius mentions that Claudius expelled Jews from Rome, an event that most scholars date to the year 49 and that Luke mentioned in passing in his account about Paul in Corinth Acts This explanation is eminently reasonable, since the names Christus and Chrestus would have sounded alike in Latin, and there are other examples of the use of the spellings Chrestus and Chrestianos in reference to Christ and Christians.

This possibility becomes the likeliest explanation in light of the additional fact that in the Greco-Roman culture Christus was virtually unknown as a name whereas Chrestus was a common pagan name—but not a common Jewish name. On the other hand, we have abundant evidence for the existence of a controversial Jewish teacher during that period known as Christus Christ.

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This still leaves the problem, though, of what Suetonius said about Christ. However, Suetonius may have meant only that the Jewish riot was sparked by controversy about Christ. The statement is short and vague enough to be susceptible of different interpretations. Assuming that Suetonius made a mistake here, this would not in any way impinge on the accuracy of the information given by Tacitus, who in general is regarded as a far more careful historian. Since the reference to Christ is definitely authentic, it constitutes clear evidence for the historical existence of Jesus.

Tacitus does not tell us very much about Christ. However, what he tells us agrees with the New Testament without being dependent on it. From his brief comments we learn the following facts about Christ: This information agrees with the historical facts ascertainable from the New Testament and from other sources, but it is clearly independent of Christian teaching.

However, these titles could be used more or less interchangeably in the first and second centuries, as seen for example by the fact that the first-century Jewish writers Philo and Josephus both call Pilate the procurator. As it stands, then, the statement by Tacitus is strong independent evidence for the existence of Jesus. Harvard University Press, , Institute for Religious Research, Bristol Classical Press, , xxvii.


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