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The Galilean

The emperor Julian (AD 331-363) was the last pagan emperor of Rome. Julian was the nephew of Constantine, who converted to Christianity, but himself rejected the Christian faith in favor of Hellenistic polytheism, earning him the title “Julian the Apostate.” He referred to Christians as “Galileans,” after Jesus from Galilee. He fought hard to establish institutional paganism and ro eradicate Christianity from the empire, but failed. He admitted:  “How apparent to everyone it is, and how shameful, that our people lack support from us, when no Jew ever has to beg, and the impious Galileans support not only their own poor, but ours as well.” His dying words as he lay mortally wounded were said to be, “You have won, O Galilean!” Picture: Julian the Apostate presiding at a conference of sectarians, by Edward Armitage, 1875

Did Jesus Exist?

Sometimes an objection comes up that goes something like this, “We don’t even know if Jesus was a real person.” The truth is, whether Jesus existed is not even under question by scholars. Here’s a summary of why.   1) We have the four gospel writers attesting to Jesus’ life (even if you don’t believe in biblical inspiration, they are historical documents):   “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.” - The Gospel of Luke 1:1-4   2) We have Josephus, a non-Christian Jewish historian of Jesus’ time referring to him:   The Jewish high priest “had a man named Jesus, the brother of Jesus who was called th

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