I thought of you when I read this quote from “Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened” by Craig A. Evans, N. T. Wright –

“The death of Jesus is not only affirmed (or at least presupposed) in every writing of the New Testament and early Christianity, it is attested by early Jewish and Roman writers as well. Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian, apologist, and survivor of the catastrophic rebellion against Rome (AD 66-70), states that Jesus, having been accused by the Jewish leaders, was condemned to the cross by Pilate (Ant. 18.63-64). According to the Roman historian Tacitus, “Christ … suffered the death penalty during the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilate” (Annals 15.44). Although Tacitus errs slightly in upgrading Pilate’s rank (he was a prefect, not a procurator), his terse summary agrees with what we find in Josephus and in the Christian Gospels. Lucian of Samosata, in a mocking reference to Peregrinus and the Christians with whom for a time he associated, refers to Jesus as “the man who was crucified in Palestine” (Passing of Peregrinus cf. “that crucified sophist”). Finally, Mar bar Serapion, a Syrian, in a letter written to his son perhaps toward the end of the first century, makes reference to the death of Jesus, the Jewish “wise king.””

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