- Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist
- Jesus was a Galilean who preached and healed
- Jesus called disciples and spoke of their being twelve
- Jesus confined his activity to Israel
- Jesus engaged in a controversy about the temple
- Jesus was crucified outside Jerusalem by the Roman authorities
- After his death Jesus’ followers continued as an identifiable movement
- At least some Jews persecuted at least parts of the new movement (Gal. 1.13, 22; Phil. 3.6), and it appears that this persecution endured at least to a time near the end of Paul’s career (II Cor. 11:24; Gal. 5.11; 6.12; cf. Matt. 23.3; 10.17)
February 5, 2011
Irrefutable Facts About Jesus’ Life
So what exactly did Jesus do/inspire during his time on earth? In 1985, E.P. Sanders identified “almost indisputable facts” of Jesus’ life within his book “Jesus and Judaism.” The following is a list of what he considered facts about Jesus. Moreover, most scholars seem to agree.
Sanders asserts that Jesus was not a contradistinction to Judaism, but rather a product of the context within which he was raised. The book exams these “facts” to better understand Jesus as a Jew. Interesting reading.
“Jesus and Judaism” by EP Sanders