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Odium gene& humani. Otherwise it must have become known to other Christian writers who quoted Tacitus. The likelihood is that the passage in ‘“The Annals” (15 : 44) was transferred to Tacitus from Sulpicius by some monkish scribe . . for the greater glory of God, and to strengthenthe continuity of Christian tradic tion by paganevidence. As far aswe canmakeout, then, there exists in contemporaryRomanliterature no genuine , referencesupporting the historic existenceof Jesus. c news of a church founded at Thessalonicaby meansgenerouslyfurnished by the inhabitants of Philippi.

AX we like sheephave gone astray; we have turned t-391 JESUS: A MYTH every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of ,us ali. . ” In Acts 8 : 28 et Jeq. the passagefrom the samechapter of Isaiah mentioning the lamb led to the slaughter is expresslyinterpreted to the inquiring Ethiopian eunuch as a referenceto Jesus, §S Sir James George Frazer, probably the foremost mythologist of our own day, saysin “The Golden Bough”: “The transfer of evil, the principle of vicarious suffering, is commonIy understoodand practiced by raceswho stand on a low level of social and intellectual culture.

Odium gene& humani. Otherwise it must have become known to other Christian writers who quoted Tacitus. The likelihood is that the passage in ‘“The Annals” (15 : 44) was transferred to Tacitus from Sulpicius by some monkish scribe . . for the greater glory of God, and to strengthenthe continuity of Christian tradic tion by paganevidence. As far aswe canmakeout, then, there exists in contemporaryRomanliterature no genuine , referencesupporting the historic existenceof Jesus. c news of a church founded at Thessalonicaby meansgenerouslyfurnished by the inhabitants of Philippi.

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