Raymond Brown on the Testimonium Flavianum

One of the top New Testament scholars of recent years has been the late Raymond Brown.  I like what Brown says about Josephus’ witness of Jesus in his Death of the Messiah vol. 1 on page 374.

Even if few scholars today would argue that Josephus wrote the whole passage as quoted, most would contend that Josephus wrote a basic text to which Christians made additions.  In vocabulary and style large parts of it are plausibly from the hand of Josephus; and the context in which the passage appears in Ant. (i.e., among the early unpleasant relations involving the Jewish leaders and Pilate) is appropriate.

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