Oct 20, 2009


Here are some very important quotes from a few early Christian authors on the historicity of the person of Christ:

Ignatius, Letter to the Trallians, before AD 120:

“Be deaf toward anyone who tells you tales that do not lead to Jesus Christ, who was of David’s lineage, Mary’s son; who was born; who ate and drank; who was persecuted under Pontius Pilate; and was crucified and died …”

Justin, dialogue with Trypho the Jew 88.2-4, 8:
“He grew up like any other man. He lived in a fitting way and granted each stage of development its due. He used all kinds of food. He was thirty years old, more or less, when John appeared, who heralded his advent and went before him on the way of baptism”.

Justin Martyr, on the crucifixion in the official records - the acta:

Justin, First Apology 35.7-9:

“That these things happened you may learn from the ‘Acts’ which were recorded under Pontius Pilate”

Justin, First Apology 48.3:
“That he performed these miracles you may easily satisfy yourself from the ‘Acts’ of Pontius Pilate” .


  1. Anonymous8:19 PM

    Hey Vocab, did you hear that the so-called missing link they found was found out to not really be the missing link?
    On the subject of the church fathers, how long was it until anti-semetism crept in. I remember you posting some unfortunate remarks these men made... and it sent chills down my spine.

  2. Here's a blog I did on Ardi and Neandertals:



    Justin Martyr (c. AD 160) in speaking to a Jew said: "The Scriptures are not yours, but ours."

    Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon (c. AD 177) declared: "Jews are disinherited from the grace of God."

    Tertullian (AD 160-230), in his treatise, "Against the Jews," announced that God had rejected the Jews in favor of the Christians.

    Already at the Church Council in Elvira (Spain) in AD 305, declarations were made to keep Jews and Christians apart, including ordering Christians not to share meals with Jews, not to marry Jews, not to use Jews to bless their fields, and not to observe the Jewish Sabbath.

    in AD 315, another edict allowed the burning of Jews if they were convicted of breaking the laws. As Christianity was becoming the religion of the state, further laws were passed against the Jews:

    · The ancient privileges granted to the Jews were withdrawn.
    · Rabbinical jurisdiction was abolished or severely curtailed.
    · Proselytism to Judaism was prohibited and made punishable by death.
    · Jews were excluded from holding high office or a military career.

    Hilary of Poitiers (AD 291-371) wrote: "Jews are a perverse people accursed by God forever."

    · Gregory of Nyssa (died AD 394), Bishop of Cappadocia: "the Jews are a brood of vipers, haters of goodness..."

    · St. Jerome (AD 347-407) describes the Jews as "... serpents, wearing the image of Judas, their psalms and prayers are the braying of donkeys."

    4th century, the Bishop of Antioch, John Chrysostom (Golden Tongued): "Jews are inveterate murderers, possessed by the devil, their debauchery and drunkenness gives them the manners of the pig. They kill and maim one another..."

    (On the Jews and their Lies) Martin Luther ... "venomous beasts, vipers, disgusting scum, canders, devils incarnate"


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