Jesus the Jew
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In one passage of Jewish Antiquities that recounts an unlawful execution, Josephus identifies the victim, James, as the “brother of Jesus-who-is-called-Messiah.” While few scholars doubt the short account’s authenticity, says Mykytiuk, more debate surrounds Josephus’s lengthier passage about Jesus, known as the “Testimonium Flavianum,” which describes a man “who did surprising deeds” and was condemned to be crucified by Pilate. Mykytiuk agrees with most scholars that Christian scribes modified portions of the passage but did not insert it wholesale into the text. Tacitus connects Jesus to his execution by Pontius Pilate. There is no scholarly agreement on the appearance of Jesus; over the centuries, he has been depicted in a multitude of ways.
Around the 9th century, Epiphanius Monachus referred to a tall angelic figure, which has at times been interpreted as Christ, but scholars consider it an unlikely reference to Jesus.  Other spurious references include the Archko Volume and the letter of Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar, the descriptions in which were most likely composed in the Middle Ages.   In academic studies, beyond generally agreeing that "Jesus was Jewish" and beyond generally agreeing that he was from Western Asia,  there are no contemporary depictions of Jesus that can be used to determine his appearance.  BBC's reconstruction [ edit ] You don't get to stay High Priest without being able to take the tough decisions and follow them through.
Glasgow, James (2010) . The Apocalypse Translated and Expounded. Edinburgh: T&T Clark. ISBN 978-1-153-28844-6. OCLC 557904029 . Retrieved 18 June 2011. Some early Christian groups had separate descriptions of Jesus' life and teachings that are not in the New Testament. These include the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Peter, and Gospel of Judas, the Apocryphon of James, and many other apocryphal writings. Most scholars conclude that these were written much later and are less reliable accounts than the canonical gospels.    Authorship, date, and reliabilityA typical Jew in Jesus' time had only one name, sometimes followed by the phrase "son of [father's name]", or the individual's hometown.  Thus, in the New Testament, Jesus is commonly referred to as "Jesus of Nazareth". [k] Jesus' neighbors in Nazareth refer to him as "the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon", "the carpenter's son", or " Joseph's son"; In the Gospel of John, the disciple Philip refers to him as "Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth". In a forensic pilgrimage, a scholar asks, 'What did Jesus look like?' ". The Times of Israel. Archived from the original on 3 November 2018 . Retrieved 3 November 2018.