A researcher claims Jesus Christ is not only not the messiah, but he never even existed.
For his new book "No Meek Messiah" writer Michael Paulkovich studied the works of more than a hundred scholars who lived during and shortly after the time it's believed Jesus of Nazareth walked the Earth, which is sometime between 7 BC and 33 AD. He says that there is not a single mention of a man named Jesus in any of the writings.
Paulkovich writes, "When I consider those 126 writers, all of whom should have heard of Jesus but did not. [...] The silence from [...] Nazareth and Bethlehem, conflicting Bible stories, and so many other mysteries and omissions -- I must conclude that Christ is a mythical character."
He says Jesus is nothing more than an urban legend built out of several rabbis who may have existed at the time.
The only arguable mention of Jesus Paulkovich found was in a book written sometime in the year 95 by Roman historian Josephus Flavius. But author Reza Aslan, who wrote the New York Times bestseller "Zealot," says the Flavius mention proves Jesus existed. Paulkovich doesn't agree and argues the mention of Jesus was fabricated and added in later editions.
He also claims that the apostle Paul, who is credited with spreading Christianity, was never aware of the virgin birth, nativity, miracles, or many other events that have been connected to Jesus's life.
Paulkovich's views and his book will likely be controversial, especially because most scholars, regardless of their religious affiliations, agree that Jesus was a Galilean Jew who was crucified on the order of Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate.
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