Where Are Other Witnesses?
According to the Gospels, Jesus attracted multitudes wherever he went. John says it would take many books to describe all the miracles. All these miracles and not a single word, save a 4 anonymous writers? Not a scintilla of evidence of what Jesus did or said, other than 4 men, writing as many as 70 years after Jesus allegedly spoke? Shouldn’t there be more than a handful of people writing about the sayings and doings of Jesus?
In fact, there were many authors, philosophers, historians who were writing during Jesus’ lifetime.
Not a single one of these contemporary authors mentioned Jesus or any of the supernatural events that Jesus was supposed to have done; e.g. fed the multitudes, walked on water, came back from the dead, etc.
Especially missing is any reference to the supernatural events that occurred when Jesus died.
Matthew 27: 51-53
Note that there were 18 authors living during that time. “… and went into the holy city and appeared unto many”.
Surly, if the above events can be reported 40 years after they happened, they would have been recorded at the time they happened … if they happened …. which they did not.
I would like to communicate with the designer of the timeline above. I have a later version of it and would like to… obtain a high resolution version, ask some questions, and make a possible suggestion for further improvement.
Excellent and concise information. The Gospels are at the heart of Christianity and separate it from all other religions. Contrary to what many “believers” think, they were written by anonymous, non-eyewitness authors decades after the events they chronicle. There are no original manuscripts of the four gospels, only copies (of copies, of copies, of copies). The term “take it as gospel” and “the gospel truth” are referring to the belief that the gospels, and for many, the entire bible, is the absolute truth. This, in spite of the fact that the thousands of errors and contradictions, no eyewitness accounts or original manuscripts make it obvious that they are not.
Dr. Bart Ehrman is one of the world’s most respected NT scholars. Many of his lectures are available online. For those who insist that the Bible is free of errors and contradictions and based on eyewitness accounts, here’s one of them.