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Witnesses to the Historicity of Jesus (Atheist Viewpoint Series) Hardcover – June, 1972

ISBN-13: 978-0405038112 ISBN-10: 0405038119

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  • Series: Atheist Viewpoint Series
  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Ayer Co Pub (June 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0405038119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0405038112
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,367,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Christian Heinrich Arthur Drews (1865-1935) was a German writer, historian and professor of philosophy; he also wrote books such as The Christ Myth, The Legend of Saint Peter, etc. [NOTE: page references below refer to the 315-page Arno Press hardcover edition.] He wrote in the Preface to the English edition of this 1911 book, "The present work is an abbreviated and amended version... of the volume which the author recently published as ... as 'an answer to his opponents, with special reference to theological methods'... The chief aim of the work, however, is to collect, examine, and refute the arguments which are advanced on the theological side for the historicity of Jesus... the author is indebted to the very stimulating and informing works of Mr. J.M. Robertson [Pagan Christs]..." (Pg. ix)

He observes, "Let us begin with the witness in Jewish literature. Here we at once encounter the singular circumstance that Philo (30 BC to 50 AD) makes no reference to Christ. Philo, the Alexandian philosopher and contemporary of Jesus, was by no means a secluded scholar to took no interest in the fortunes of his people... it is in the highest degree improbable that Philo was unacquainted with the Nazarenes, on the supposition that they really were an important body in his time, and caused as serious an agitation among the Jews as is commonly believed." (Pg. 2)

He points out, "Josephus has left us a luminous portrait of Pilate...
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