Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses about Jesus

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Ancient views about the historical Jesus
Roman authors who referred to Jesus
How Josephus referred to Christ in his writings
Places where Jesus’ name was invoked in charms or incantations
How the early non-Christian sources relate to the portrayal of Jesus in the Gospels
How early witnesses and testimony shed light on the origins of Christianity
History of Jesus
Jesus of the Bible


  • no prerequisites


Evans’ study of the historical Jesus has led him to seek all kinds of ancient sources related to Christ. This course is a result of that study, focusing on the evidence from extrabiblical sources and seeing what they reveal about the life of Christ. Examine works by Roman and Jewish writers, and even invocations of Jesus’ name in pagan incantations, and discover what these works can tell us about Christ’s place in history.

This Udemy version of the course contains the videos and quizzes from the Logos Mobile Ed version (published by Faithlife through an authorized representative.)

Who this course is for:

  • People interested in the history and reliability of the Bible
  • People interested learning about Jesus
  • People who like N.T. Wright
  • People who like the Bible
  • People who have questions about Jesus

Course content

4 sections14 lectures58m total length
  • Introduction
  • Tacitus and Suetonius
  • Pliny the Younger
  • Celsus and Lucian
  • Mara bar Serapion
  • Section 1 Quiz
    5 questions


Academic Director
John Schwandt
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John Schwandt serves as an Academic Director for Faithlife. Under his direction, Logos Mobile Education (a division of Faithlife) produced over 250 courses from immanent scholars. Faithlife is now making some of these courses available on Udemy.

John Schwandt began directing Logos Mobile Education in 2014, after teaching for nearly 20 years as a professor of ancient languages and New Testament. In 2018 he began directing his efforts on found Redemption Seminary, and online all-inclusive competency-based seminary and now serves as president of that seminary.