Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny (the Younger), Suetonius etc.
truth-b-told (no login) Posted Apr 19, 2010 2:25 AM
Even when the passages apparently referring to Jesus/Christ are genuine, none of them qualify as personal, eyewitness testimonies of the alleged authors themselves in respect to a historical and supernatural Jesus the Christ as portrayed in the NT.
None of the authors lived during the purported advent of the supernatural Jesus the Christ as their birth dates will confirm. Their words therefore, are hearsay - which explains how come none of them claim they have personally met or witnessed a supernatural Jesus the Christ - because what they are saying is what was being said. Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny (the Younger), Suetonius etc, share this characteristic with the gospel authors.
Except for an introduction in "Luke", the gospels are not signed and are written in the third person perspective (as by an invisible narrator). The authors never situate themselves within the unfolding narrative nor give any hint they themselves were involved in the events described. Several narratives even involve Jesus by himself without any witnesses present.
And so, we have returned to square one: the lack of verifiable documentation of firsthand, during-the-event accounts outside the NT leading to the doubt about a historical and supernatural Jesus the Christ as portrayed in the NT.