Christianity in the Light of History

Christian HistoryTacitus, the Greatest Roman historian, was born 52 A.D. He wrote a history of the reign of Nero in 110 A.D. In it he said “…Christus [Christ], from whom they got their name, had been executed by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilate when Tiberias was emperor; and the pernicious superstition was checked for a short time only to break out afresh, not only in Judea, the home of the plague, but in Rome itself, .. ” (Annals 15:44)

Suetonius (120 A.D.) wrote in his Life of Claudius, “As the Jews were making disturbances at the instigation of Christus [Christ], he expelled them from Rome.”

Pliny the Younger was Governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor. He wrote to the emperor in 112 A.D. about the sect of Christians, who were in “the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day, before it was light, when they sang an anthem to Christ as God.”

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