, meaning "good news" and refers to the message of Christian belief in the person of Jesus Christ.
There has been much scholarly debate about the genre of "gospel" and how it might relate to other forms of writings found in first-century Palestine and the larger ancient world.
Empirical data became for many scholars—men such as Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and René Descartes—the key to all scholarship, including the study of history.
It became the accepted wisdom that supernatural or miraculous elements could not be considered scientific and truly historical and that they had to be rejected.
On that date Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River, committing himself and his followers to civil war. All of these evidently depended on the one published eyewitness account, that of Asinius Pollio (76 B. It does not tell stories symbolizing suprahistorical truths, but is based on history, history that took place here on this earth.
is one of the most famous dates in the history of ancient Rome, even of the ancient world. 46–120); Suetonius (75–160); and Appian (second century). Pope Benedict XVI, in his book For it is of the very essence of biblical faith to be about real historical events.
Few, if any, historians doubt that the event happened. The Christianity, more than any other religion, is rooted in history and makes strong—even shocking—claims about historical events, most notably that God became man and dwelt among us.
That God must either be turned into a symbol for something less concrete or abandoned altogether.Four historians belonging to the next two or three generations do mention a Rubicon River, and claim that Caesar crossed it. It is, ultimately, this distinctive sign—the conviction that Jesus of Nazareth was and is truly God and man—that is the focal point of attacks on the historical credibility of the Gospels and the New Testament.