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By Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine, December 26, 2018

The season of Advent prompts us to ponder anew the question Jesus put to his disciples two thousand years ago: “Who do you say that I am?” It is a haunting question because the possible answers are few.

During Jesus’s life, he was accused of being a deluded babbler, knowing fraud, or demon-possessed lackey; acknowledged as a great moral teacher; and rarely—very rarely—accepted as the Lord he claimed to be.

However, in the centuries hence, another answer has bubbled out of the sophistic caldron: Jesus of the Bible never existed. Although the “Jesus Myth” has charmed armchair skeptics since it was trotted out in the nineteenth century, no reputable scholar supports it. There are several reasons:

First, there are the extra-biblical references to Jesus by Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny, and Suetonious—men who weren’t particularly inclined toward this messianic figure or his fringe following…..Read entire article, go to: