Josephus existed, but he was born AFTER the supposed life of Christ. All he could have possibly recorded were the legends of the time after he learned to write, probably 50+ AD.About Jospehus and Adam Lanza:
Let it be on record that no one, on these Atheist dominated threads, has come forward with any serious post to answer my simple and straight questions.
There is no shortage of posts hurling insults at me and my religion and saying so many things and questioning WHY I am so much interested in Josphus and Adam Lanza.
Let me summarize salient points of their responses in this post and leave readers to make their own judgment:
A. Why I am interested in Existence of Josephus:
This question has been asked many times, that why I am interested in existence of Josephus, a name many persons would have heard for the first time in their lives.
I am interested because his name figures in proving the "historical existence" of Jesus Christ. Many Christians believe that Josephus in his book accepted the existence of Jesus Christ.
While most Atheists claim that Josephus never wrote about Jesus, the passage was a forgery which some Christian Scribe "inserted" into the book of Josephus.
A heated debate is going on since many decades about this issue and a vast amount of data is available.
It seems that for Christians to prove existence of Jesus Christ, needs the "crutches" of Josephus an obscure and not very well known Jewish Historian.
But what about Josephus himself? How do we know if he really existed at all? Is Josephus was an imaginary personality, how does in matter what he wrote or what he did not write.
That is why I am interested in Josephus and asked our readers to bring their proofs about his existence.
B. A look at the "Proofs":
When prompted repeatedly, some people came forward with their so called proofs;
1. Some one said that people honored him and even erected his statue in the city center: Is that really a proof? Who has seen this statue and is the existence of any statue a "proof" that the person really existed?
There are so many statues of fictitious persons in almost every country of the world, that does not prove that they really existed.
2. We have his books with us: Does any one has "original manuscript" of any book which Josephus wrote? Have we any "signed and stamped and certified" copy of his books?
If some one copied or translated his book into another language, do we know who did it and how authentic was his translation?
3. Then someone said that some Muslim Scholars have also quoted from Josephus so that shows that Muslims also believe in his existence.
This is the weakest arguments of all!! Why should the opinions of Muslim Scholars matter for the Christians? And no Muslim Scholar confirms if Josephus existed really or not. They used his name and quote on the basis of what is available to them.
4. Other Historians have also quoted from the books of Josephus:
This could be one of the strongest arguments, if we knew that these historians were "contemporary" of Josephus and that they were themselves "existed" really!!
What I am saying is that when the religious people use these arguments and try to prove the existence of Jesus or Moses or any past prophets…. These Atheists just laugh at these proofs and say they are not enough.
But it comes to themselves to prove Historical Existence of someone, they use the same tactics and same criterion.
You've got nothing, dumb butt.