On this episode, Shane interacts with statements made on a History Channel documentary about the reference to Jesus in the writings of Josephus. Some claim that the passage is a complete forgery, while others argue that the passage was mildly interpolated. So, outside the Gospels, what can we really know about Jesus from history? Do the Gospels qualify as history, or should they be set aside as works of religious propaganda?
• If you’d like to listen to other interviews related to this episode, check out Shane’s interview with John Dickson (author of A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus), as well as his conversation with Daniel Boyarin (author of The Jewish Gospels). If you’d like to hear the full discussion related to Josephus, here’s a link to the complete interview with Paul Maier.
• The clips featuring Simcha Jacobovici originally appeared on this episode of The Naked Archaeologist.
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