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Re: Theos-World Re: Jesus

Mar 22, 2006 07:38 PM
by Jerry Hejka-Ekins

Hello Chuck,

There is a reference to him in Suetonius' life of Claudius.

The reference you have in mind is to someone named "Chrestus" who led a riot. It is possible that it is a reference to Jesus, or to "Christos," or to a follower of Jesus. All these possibilities have been suggested in the theologian's desperate search for a solid reference to Jesus outside of the Bible. Most likely, Suetonius' gloss is only a reference to some rabble rouser named Chrestus: a perfectly proper Greek name at the time. Ironically, the name means "a good person" or a "gentleman." Christos, on the other hand, means annoited by god, a word that alludes to the Greek mysteries.
Jerry wrote:

In a message dated 3/22/2006 9:10:32 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

Philo the Jew was a contemporary of the Biblical Jesus but does not mention a Jesus nor the Jewish-Christians, though he thoroughly accounts for every Jewish sect. The Roman have no record of him.

There is a reference to him in Suetonius' life of Claudius.

Apparently the Romans knew the name well enough to think ill of him. I particularly like Tacitus description of the Christians as a "sect noted for th
eir abominations," and his description of Nero's failed attempt to wipe them out as the one praiseworthy thing that Nero attempted.

Chuck the Heretic

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