Tacitus has been regarded as one of the best historians of the Roman era. This famed historian was born in 54 AD, the time when Jesus would have been put to death, until around 30-33 AD. Tacitus mentions Jesus once in his Annals, which is a record of events year by year that he compiled, when Nero, who was a Roman empire, pushed the blame of the Great Fire of Rome, which happened in 64 AD, onto a relatively new group of people who were called “Christians”.
In the Annals, which cover the time period of 14AD to 66AD, Tacitus gives a bit of background on these Christians and even on Pontius Pilate, who was the one who had sentenced him to death. In these writings, Tacitus referred to Christ as Christus.
Tacitus writes: “Therefore, to scotch the rumor, Nero substituted as culprits, and punished with the utmost refinements of cruelty, a class of men, loathed for their vices, whom the crowd styled Christians. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind.”
This account by Tacitus backs up other written proof that Jesus did exist!
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