The Testimonium Flavianum.

Potentially parallel passages.


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Analytic text.

Notes and quotes.

§ Compare and contrast any two of the witnesses at once with the interface.

§ I review the proposals of G. J. Goldberg and S. C. Carlson on the parallels between Josephus, Luke, and Tacitus on a separate page.

§ Neil Godfrey has assembled an interesting series of blogposts about this passage.

§ Using the key from my analytic text, the following relationships become apparent between Josephus, Luke, and Tacitus. E, G, I, and K are common to all three texts. A, B, C, H, L, M, N, and O are common to Josephus and Luke alone. D, F, J, and P are common to Josephus and Tacitus alone. There are no elements common to Luke and Tacitus alone. Josephus is the middle term, as it were, between Luke and Tacitus.

Refer also to my excavation of Testimonium texts. A response to this analysis from Ken Olson, along with my reply to him, is also available. Olson has since pointed out passages from Eusebius and Justin (in the Demonstration and the first Apology, respectively), and I have added them to my analytic text page.

§ John Takach has posted an argument for the full authenticity of the Testimonium Flavianum on his Mortal Resurrection weblog.

§ Erik Zara has provided an image (.png) of this passage from codex Ambrosianus (Mediolanensis) F. 128.