Author: Ben Goren Date: Nov 18, 2006 01:50
> SECULAR SOURCES AND CHRIST
> Highly reliable sources: Tacitus and Josephus.
> Moderately reliable sources: Thallus, Pliny, and Lucian.
> Marginally reliable or unreliable sources: Suetonius, the letter
> of Mara Bar-Serapion, and the Talmud.
Dude, did you even *READ* my note? Or is it just that you've got
the reading comprehension of a slotted spoon?
I explicitly cited Tacitus and Josephus as examples that would
*NOT* qualify. The latter because even the Catholic Encyclopedia
admits that it's a forgery, and the former because he's just
reporting what the early Christers believed.
None of Thallus's works survive; all we have are third-hand
references that, at the absolute most, say that Thallus attributed
the darkness at the time of the crucifixion to an impossible
eclipse. That's it.