When scholars talk about the “Historical Jesus,” they are looking to separate myth from reality. Who was Jesus as a person? We have no first-hand primary sources like his diaries. All we have are documents written by believers – and sometimes, non-believers – that were written after his death. This article attempts to explain what we know – and can know – about Jesus the man.
The origins of Christianity begin in a melting pot of Jewish, Roman, Hellenistic and various flavors of Christian thought during the first few centuries after Jesus’ death on the cross. Paul the Apostle was one of the most influential writers on early Christianity, helping to flesh out orthodox Christian doctrine and opposing those theologians he deemed heretical. Others followed in his footsteps to establish the beginnings of Christian society. Read articles about Christian Origins below.