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Why Bother with History? Evidence for Jesus’ existence

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David Bebbington discusses the eyewitness testimony for Jesus’ existence.

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Did Jesus really exist?

Summary

David Bebbington discusses the eyewitness testimony for Jesus’ existence.

David Bebbington, Professor of History at the University of Stirling in Scotland, chats to Simon Smart about the wealth of evidence for the existence of Jesus.

This is a short segment from a longer interview. To watch the full interview, click here.

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DAVID BEBBINGTON: The funny thing about Jesus is that we actually have more evidence relating to him than to any other figure of the ancient world, including the Roman emperors. We know more about Jesus from what people said about him, including eyewitnesses who insisted on being eyewitnesses (and some were very insistent they were eyewitnesses of the resurrection, or the empty tomb after the resurrection more precisely). So, I don’t really think there is much of a case for anybody saying “we don’t know about Jesus” or, like some radical German critics at the end of the 19th century, that Jesus wasn’t a historical character. He plainly was a historical character. But, there is a difference of interpretation about his significance.