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III. The miracles of Jesus in the oldest testimonies

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The number of old "witnesses" concerning Jesus is very small. Moreau lists besides the Jewish sources nine Greek, Latin and Syriac sources, only four of which are of importance to our investigation: The first source is the Greek edition of the works of Flavius Josephus, the correspondence between King Abgar of Edessa and Jesus, letters or reports written by Pilate, and in the so-called letter of Lentulus, procurator of Jerusalem, addressed to the Roman senate, in which a personal description of Jesus is given, in which He is described as fair of countenance and venerable. It was a thorn in the flesh of the Jews that Jesus also performed these miracles on the Sabbath. The healings excited the public mind. In its way, therefore, the oldest testimonies bear witness to the fact that the tradition of· Jesus' wonderful activities was firmly anchored.

Keywords: Flavius Josephus; Jesus; King Abgar; Lentulus; oldest testimonies; Pilate; Sabbath

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