At a glance:
- Author: Erneset Renan
- First Published: 1863
- Genres: Nonfiction, Religion and spirituality, Biography
- Subjects: Religion, Christianity, Faith, Biblical times, Jesus Christ, Resurrection
Ernest Renan names five main sources for his biography: the Gospels, the Old Testament Apocrypha, the works of Philo Judaeus, the works of Flavius Josephus, and the Talmud. Josephus barely mentions Jesus. Philo knew nothing of him but lived in a contemporary intellectual center, Alexandria, and this afforded a perspective on the dominant religious and philosophical ideas of the time.
In Renan’s account, Jesus is born at Nazareth, a small, obscure and nondescript town in the region of Galilee, within a few years of what is now called the beginning of the...
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