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Messiah Claimants in Josephus' (& other) writings

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Messiah Claimants in Josephus' (& other) writings

Postby MrMacSon » Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:42 pm

Messiah Claimants in Josephus' (& other) writings

    1. Judas, son of Hezekiah (4 BCE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish War 2.56 and Jewish Antiquities 17.271-272.

    2. Simon of Peraea (4 BCE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish War 2.57-59 and Jewish Antiquities 17.273-277;

      Tacitus, Histories, 5.9.

    3. Athronges, the shepherd (4 BCE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish War 2.60-65 and Jewish Antiquities 17.278-284.

    4. Judas, the Galilean (6 CE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish War 2.433 and Jewish Antiquities 18.1-10 and 18.23;

      Acts of the Apostles [Acts] 5.37.

    5. John the Baptist (c.28 CE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish Antiquities, 18.116-119.

      Mark 1.2-9, 6.14-29; Luke 1.5-25, 39-80; Q's 'first Baptist block' = Matthew 3.7-12 || Luke 3.7-9, 15-18; Q's 'second Baptist block' = Luke 7.18-35 || Matthew 11.2-19; Luke 3.10-14; John 1.19-42; Acts 19.1-7;

    6. Jesus [the Christ] (30 CE)


    7. The Samaritan prophet (36 CE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 18.85-87.

    8. King Herod Agrippa (44 CE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 19.338-353 and Acts 12.

    9. Theudas (45 CE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 20.97-98 and Acts 5.36.

    10. The Egyptian prophet (52-58 CE)

      Flavius Josephus, Jewish War 2.259-263 and Jewish Antiquities 20.169-171;

      Acts 21.38.

    etcetera: listed under Ancient Claimants here -

    11. An anonymous prophet (59 CE)
    12. Menahem, a son or grandson of Judas the Galilean (66 CE)
    13. John of Gischala (67-70 CE)
    14. Vespasian (67 CE)
    15. Simon bar Giora (69-70 CE)
    16. Jonathan, the weaver (73 CE)
Later Claimants ie. post-Josephus-
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