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This Would Change Everything You Think You Know About Jesus Christ

More than 2,000 years after his birth in a humble manger, Jesus of Nazareth has a following of 2 billion people, according to OpenMind BBVA. While followers of Christ today don't need historical proof of his existence for their faith-based beliefs, biblical scholars have long scoured the archaeological and historical records for evidence nonetheless. The result? There are still quite a few misconceptions about Jesus Christ.

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    Who Is Panthera, Roman Soldier And Supposed Biological Father Of Jesus?

    Who Is Panthera, Roman Soldier And Supposed Biological Father Of Jesus?

    So the story of Mother Mary and Jesus' birth is familiar to many of us, right? There was a teenager Mary living in the Roman province of Judea about 2,000 years ago who got pregnant after sleeping with a Roman soldier, Panthera. She got kicked out of her betrothed's house, wandered around a bit, and when her kid was born he eventually went to Egypt to look for work. In Egypt he learned Egyptian religious practices — either as an official initiate or just offhandedly — and headed back to Judea as an adult, saying that he was the divine son of God and concocting a "virgin birth" tale.

    The Controversial Theory That Suggests Jesus Didn't Even Exist

    The Controversial Theory That Suggests Jesus Didn't Even Exist

    Jesus — ever heard of him? He's kind of a big deal. Did you know, though, that there's a controversial theory that suggests Jesus didn't even exist? Talk to the average biblical scholar, and they'll tell you that Jesus most certainly was real, and interestingly enough, it's also widely accepted that in the ancient world, nobody doubted that Jesus was a living, breathing person.

    Strange Details About Jesus That Everyone Ignores

    Strange Details About Jesus That Everyone Ignores

    Given that he has to be one of the most-discussed people to exist in the history of the human species, it's hard to believe that there are things about Jesus that get ignored. But, despite the ubiquity of his story in many places around the globe, the truth is that bits and pieces of that story do get swept under the rug. And the details that you do uncover can start to make this singular man seem very, very odd indeed.

    Things People Get Wrong About Jesus

    Things People Get Wrong About Jesus

    Even though billions of people profess faith in him and his teachings, there are quite a few misconceptions about Jesus Christ. From the basics of his appearance to accepted wisdom about his theology, there are a number of surprises in store. And, whether you turn to outside sources or solely devote yourself to studying the Bible, there are many gaps, contradictions, and open questions about the man himself. So, it may be time to adjust some of your basic assumptions about this pivotal and enigmatic figure, perhaps discarding a few of the more convenient and simplified stories along the way. These are the things people get wrong about Jesus.

    The Untold Truth Of Jesus

    The Untold Truth Of Jesus

    Among non-Christian references to Jesus are those by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus and Roman authors like Pliny the Younger, Lucian, and the Babylonian Talmud (via Be Thinking). There's also the Alexamenos Graffito, a piece of graffiti which dates to A.D. 200 and contains the earliest surviving depiction of Jesus. Created by a Roman pagan, the graffiti mocks Christianity, providing further evidence of early Christians' persecution in the Roman Empire. As reported by Smithsonian Magazine, events mentioned in the New Testament have been further bolstered by the recent find of a first-century synagogue like those where Jesus began his ministry.

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