Tacitus and Christianity
The Roman historian and senator Tacitus referred to Christ, his execution by Pontius Pilate and the existence of early Christians in Rome in his final work, Annals (written ca. AD 116), book 15, chapter 44.
The context of the passage is the six-day Great Fire of Rome that burned much of the city in AD 64 during the reign of Roman Emperor Nero. The passage is one of the earliest non-Christian references to the origins of Christianity, the execution of Christ described in the Canonical gospels, and the presence and persecution of Christians in 1st-century Rome.
Scholars generally consider Tacitus's reference to the execution of Jesus by Pontius Pilate to be both authentic, and of historical value as an independent Roman source. Eddy and Boyd state that it is now "firmly established" that Tacitus provides a non-Christian confirmation of the crucifixion of Jesus.
In terms of an overall context, historian Ronald Mellor has stated that the Annals is "Tacitus's crowning achievement" which represents the "pinnacle of Roman historical writing". The passage is also of historical value in establishing three separate facts about Rome around AD 60: (i) that there were a sizable number of Christians in Rome at the time, (ii) that it was possible to distinguish between Christians and Jews in Rome, and (iii) that at the time pagans made a connection between Christianity in Rome and its origin in Roman Judea.

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Tacitus: Nero's persecution of the…
Tacitus (c. 55 -117 CE): Nero's persecution of the Christians. Tacitus was a fierce critic of Nero, and modern scholars have questioned the reliability of his account ...
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Tacitus on Christ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
[edit]. Detail of the 11th century copy of Annals, the gap between the 'i' and 's' is highlighted in the word 'Christianos'.
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Tacitus and Pliny the Younger on the Early Christians
How does Tacitus characterize Roman Christians? For what "abominations" might the Christians have been "infamous"? What might Tacitus mean by "hatred of ...
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Cornelius Tacitus - Early Christian Writings
The most famous passage in which Tacitus mentions Christianity is as follows ( Annals 15.44): Such indeed were the precautions of human wisdom. The next ...
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Tacitus on the Christians - Livius
The emperor Nero was blamed by the Roman populace, and in turn blamed the Christians. The Roman historian Tacitus explains what happened. The translator  ...
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Tacitus on Christ
Tacitus' work called the Annals (written c. 116) is important to Christianity because it is considered by many Christians to confirm the historicity of Jesus.
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Tacitus and Jesus. Christ Myth Refuted. Did Jesus Exist? A Christian ...
Respected Christian scholar R. T. France, for example, does not believe that the Tacitus passage provides sufficient independent testimony for the existence of ...
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Non-Christian Testimony for Jesus? – From the authentic pen of ...
Gibbon does not press the idea that the celebrated passage in Tacitus is a later interpolation. But he certainly rejects the idea that Christians could have been ...
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Non-Christian References to the Trial of Jesus - UMKC School of Law
Fortunately, there are a few important surviving references to the trial of Jesus in non-Christian writings. One comes from Publius Cornelius Tacitus, a Roman ...
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Pliny, Tacitus and Suetonius: No Proof of Jesus - Truth Be Known
Oddly, this brief mention of Christians is all there is in the voluminous works of Tacitus regarding this extraordinary movement, which allegedly possessed such  ...
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Tacitus on Christ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
But Tacitus did suggest that Nero used the Christians as scapegoats. ..... The Cambridge History of Latin Literature, page 892 (Cambridge University Press, 1982 ...
Tacitus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tacitus is considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians. .... on Christ), which Tacitus does in connection with Nero's persecution of the Christians. ..... ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1958) (reprinted in 1985 by the same publisher,  ...
Tacitus: Nero's persecution of the Christians
Tacitus was a fierce critic of Nero, and modern scholars have questioned the ... Tacitus claims that Nero tried to shift the blame to the unpopular Christians, ... use in the World Civilization course at Washington State University, but material on ...
Non-Christian References to the Trial of Jesus - UMKC School of Law
Fortunately, there are a few important surviving references to the trial of Jesus in non-Christian writings. One comes from Publius Cornelius Tacitus, a Roman ...
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Pilate was a prefect – not a procurator as in the "Tacitus" quote – as a ..... to light in 1971 by Professor Schlomo Pines of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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Jul 11, 2011 ... (Stephen Benko, Pagan Rome and the Early Christians (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1986), 16.) Tacitus was in Rome in 95 when ...
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The following are early extra-biblical references to Jesus and/or Christians by ... Tacitus Suetonius Julius Africanus Origen Pliny the Younger Other articles ... Library: Provided by Tufts University; The Internet Classics Archive: Provided by MIT.
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"The worshippers of Serapis are Christians, and those are devoted to the God ... Turning next to another stalwart in the anemic apologist arsenal, Tacitus, .... Central Connecticut State University, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and  ...
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Benario, Herbert W., An introduction to Tacitus, Athens: University of Georgia ..... which Tacitus does in connection with Nero's persecution of the Christians.
The Jesus Myth: Tacitus | Futile Democracy
Apr 14, 2013 ... You will note that Tacitus exonerates the Christians from starting the fire. They are innocent according to Tacitus, and it is Nero who frames ...
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Kierkegaard and the Roman World
Kierkegaard and the Roman World
Jon Bartley Stewart, 2009
Tacitus: Christianity. as. odium. generis. humani. Jon Stewart Although Tacitus was a profoundly influential historian who has been read throughout the ages, he is not generally considered an important part of Kierkegaard's universe of thought  ...
The Birth of Christianity : Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus
The Birth of Christianity : Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus
John Dominic Crossan, 1999
John Dominic Crossan is the leading contemporary scholar on the historical Jesus, which means that his vocation is to look behind, around, and through Christ's resurrection, toward the goal of establishing what can be known about the life of Jesus of Nazareth. His search for the historical Jesus, however, takes place in the larger context of t...
Shattering the Christ Myth
Shattering the Christ Myth
James Patrick Holding, 2008
Thus in the process of investigating Christianity, Tacitus would uncover evidence leading to indications of the non-existence of Jesus, which would accomplish the same purpose as though he were merely looking for evidence of Jesus existing ...
The Birth of Christianity: The First Twenty Years (After Jesus, Vol. 1)
The Birth of Christianity: The First Twenty Years (After Jesus, Vol. 1)
Paul Barnett, 2005
Paul Barnett, former Anglican Bishop of North Sydney, Australia, is a teaching fellow at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Moore Theological College in Sydney. His other books include "Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity" and the volume on 2 Corinthians in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.
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Tacitus
Ronald H. Martin, 1981
This interpretation takes sontes et nouissima exempla meritos ('guilty and deserving the most extreme punishment') as representing the attitude of the people towards the Christians. As far as the Latin goes, it might be a statement of Tacitus' ...
Christianity and European Culture: Selections from the Work of Christopher Dawson
Christianity and European Culture: Selections from the Work of Christopher Dawson
1998
Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) has been widely praised as one of the most important Catholic historians of the twentieth century. Commended by T. S. Eliot, Arnold Toynbee, and many others for his sophisticated approach to history, Dawson integrated a providential vision with traditional historical analysis. Many of his works focused on the importan...
Oxford Readings in Tacitus
Oxford Readings in Tacitus
Rhiannon Ash, 2012
It was pointed out that Tacitus was after all only a heathen (ethnicus), and as such could not understand Judaism and hence Christianity.“0 The outcry raised by Tertullian and Budé had not in the end stood in the way of soberminded ...
The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity (Oxford Illustrated Histories)
The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity (Oxford Illustrated Histories)
2001
Extending from the earliest Christian communities, marked by a strong sense of being "called out" from the surrounding society, to the 20th century, a "reversion to an age of persecution of Christianity," this superb, authoritative chronicle recreates the sense of the sacred as it was experienced by Christians in particular time...
Christianity and the Roman Empire: Background Texts
Christianity and the Roman Empire: Background Texts
Ralph Martin Novak, 2001
The earliest Roman references to Christianity date to approximately 110-120 C.E. , in works written by Tacitus (Selection 2.15), Suetonius (Selection 2.16 and possibly Selection 2.6), and Pliny the Younger (Selection 3.3.). Aside from these  ...
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image (Compass)
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image (Compass)
Leonard Shlain, 1999
This groundbreaking book proposes that the rise of alphabetic literacy reconfigured the human brain and brought about profound changes in history, religion, and gender relations. Making remarkable connections across brain function, myth, and anthropology, Dr. Shlain shows why pre-literate cultures were principally informed by holistic, right-brain ...
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Tacitus and Christianity
Does Tacitus provide independent testimony about Jesus? | Atheist Forum
One of the most important non-Christian references to Jesus in ancient non-Christian sources is found in Tacitus. Tacitus is generally regarded as one of the finest Roman historians. He mentioned Jesus once in his Annals (15:38-45) when he describes how Nero deflects accusations from himself on the fire of Rome and instead blames the fire…
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Secular Evidence Of The Existence Of Jesus - The Lion's Den - Ex-Christian.Net
Page 1 of 3 - Secular Evidence Of The Existence Of Jesus - posted in The Lions Den: I am answering Slave2six’s challenge to prove that Jesus existed. (By the way, six, that’s a cool moniker). Before we get started, I will save Brother Jeff a lot of time. It is duly noted that you will call me a dumb-a_ _, a F - - - ing fill-in-the-blank, and every other conceivable pejorative. Your objections are duly noted. Ravenstar, “you’re a complete idiot” comments...
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CADRE Comments: Tacitus' Other Reference to Early Christianity?
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Tacitus - Iron Chariots Wiki
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The Jesus Myth: Tacitus | Futile Democracy
Following on from my two previous entries exploring the myth of Jesus (The Jesus Myth and The Myth of Jesus: Antiquities of Josephus), I thought I would continue the series with another historical figure often cited as providing evidence for the existence of Jesus, through his writings; The great Roman Senator and Historian, Tacitus. Contemporary…
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Mormonism Beats Christianity—Or Does It?
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TACITUS: MORE PROMISING? | proudfootz
A reference in Tacitus is the last of three supposed 'pagan' references to 'Jesus of Nazareth' (though the first two cited, Pliny and Suetonius don't mention either a Jesus or a Nazareth). In 64 AD a terrific fire swept through Rome (such fires occurred again 5 and 16 years later) - Tacitus claims rumors spread…
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Tacitus (Non-Christian Historian) Wrote about Jesus Christ « FactReal
HISTORICITY OF JESUS The Roman historian and senator Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD 55 – c. AD 120) wrote about Jesus Christ, His execution, and Nero's persecution of Christians in first century Rome. Tacitus's book The Annals is one of the earliest secular historical records to mention Christ. Tacitus referred to the execution (crucifixion) of Jesus…
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