Caesar’s Messiah – The secret, hidden history of Christianity and the Gospels. If what Joseph Atwill is saying is only partially true, we are looking into the abyss. Joseph Atwill’s “Caesar’s Messiah”. This one can only be charitably be described as “way out there.” It does have the endorsement of a credentialed scholar or. In his book Caesar’s Messiah, Joseph Atwill argues that Jesus of Nazareth was the invention of the Roman Empire, and Josephus wrote the entire NT after AD.
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For this reason, we feel a brief critique is in order. Atwill argues that the Romans invented Jesus to pacify the Jewish people, having them believe in a suffering messiah, rather than a conquering one. Even radical atheistic skeptics are intensely critical of Atwill. For instance, atheist Richard Carrier of infidels.
Joseph Atwill is one of those crank mythers I often get conflated with. Mythicists like him make the job of serious scholars like me so much harder, because people see, hear, or read them and think their nonsense is what mythicism is. They make mythicism look ridiculous.
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So I have to waste time oh by the gods, so much time explaining how I am not arguing anything like their theories or using anything like their terrible csesar, and unlike them I actually know what I am talking about, and have an actual Ph.
Likewise, radical NT skeptic Robert Price writes. According to Atwill, the reader needs to comprehend perhaps the most complex literary messiah ever written. Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace.
Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius josepph 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… Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths.
Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination when daylight had expired.
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And, more importantly, why would the Roman emperor Nero persecute Christians in this way, if Rome was actually trying to support Christianity? Here Trajan caeear Pliny that Christians should be killed, unless they abandon their faith. If indeed [Christians] should be brought before you, and the crime is proved, they must be punished; with the restriction, however, that where the party denies he is a Christian, and shall make it evident that he is not, by invoking our gods, let him notwithstanding any former suspicion be pardoned upon his repentance.
From this excerpt, it is very clear that Trajan was trying to stop Christianity—not support it. Cxesar would the Romans invent a religion jose;h they would later persecute like this? Moreover, if Rome invented Christianity, then why execute Peter and Paul?
Other Greek and Jewish sources also mention Jesus of Nazareth. This is why, joseh the book of Acts, the disciples twice disobey the government in order to obey Messsiah Acts 4: Why would the Romans invent a messiah that would take away their authority, rather than garner it?
Moreover, the NT affirms the exclusivity of Christ—not permitting the worship of false gods Jn. If the Romans were trying to create a deity that would be friendly to emperor worship, why invent one that demands worship of Jesus —not Pagan emperors? But why convert Gentiles who were already good Roman citizens?
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Furthermore, if the NT was supposed to convert Jews, then why write it in Greek—rather than Hebrew or the dialect of Aramaic? The gospels and epistles contain different language, themes, and grammatical styles from one another. This reflects multiple authorship—not single authorship. Why not just write one book? Atwill states that the Romans were motivated to invent Christianity to create a more passive Jewish community in Israel. However, the Romans had just destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple.
Moreover, most Jewish traditions were non-violent. There were four veins of Judaism in the first century: After Jannaeus crucified Pharisees, the Pharisees became apolitical. Likewise, the Sadducees were largely secular, working alongside the Romans, and the Essenes lived far from Jerusalem at Qumran.
Therefore, the only remaining group was the Zealot party, which was militaristic. Why invent a new one, which would be unfamiliar to traditional Jews? We should point out that Joseph Atwill is not a NT scholar or a historian; he is a dotcom businessman.
Therefore, he has no educational prowess on this subject—anymore than the average person with a business degree could offer. This is, no doubt, why his work has suffered from such harsh critique in the scholarly world.
The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth.
The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus. Atheistic criticism Even radical atheistic skeptics are intensely critical of Atwill. Likewise, radical NT skeptic Robert Price writesAccording to Atwill, the reader needs to comprehend perhaps the most complex literary satire ever written.
Trajan writes, If indeed atwwill should be brought before you, and the crime is proved, they must be punished; with the restriction, however, that where the party denies he is a Christian, and shall make it evident that he is not, by invoking our gods, let him notwithstanding any former suspicion be pardoned upon his repentance. Literary criticism The gospels and epistles contain different language, themes, and grammatical styles from one another.
Motivational criticism Atwill states that the Romans were motivated to invent Christianity to jpseph a more passive Jewish community in Israel. Conclusion We should point out that Joseph Atwill messkah not a NT scholar or a historian; he is a dotcom businessman.