Flavius Josephus Historian (37 A.D.-100 A.D.) “Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works—a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”
Thallus 52AD (quoted by Julius Africanus) "On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. This darkness Thallus, in the third book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of the sun."
Cornelius Tacitus Historian 56-120AD "Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular."
Mara Bar-Serapion Syrian Philosopher 70AD "What benefit did the Athenians obtain by putting Socrates to death? Famine and plague came upon them as judgment for their crime. Or, the people of Samos for burning Pythagoras? In one moment their country was covered with sand. Or the Jews by murdering their wise king?...After that their kingdom was abolished. God rightly avenged these men...The wise king...Lived on in the teachings he enacted."
Phlegon 80-140AD (quoted by Origen) “Now Phlegon, in the thirteenth or fourteenth book, I think, of his Chronicles, not only ascribed to Jesus a knowledge of future events . . . but also testified that the result corresponded to His predictions.” “Jesus, while alive, was of no assistance to himself, but that he arose after death, and exhibited the marks of his punishment, and showed how his hands had been pierced by nails.”
Non-Christian evidence suggests about the existence of Jesus may be summarized as follows:
Every witness confirms that a man named Jesus actually existed, most by statement, only two by inference.
Two witnesses explicitly state that Jesus was considered a virtuous man.
Six of the witnesses explicitly state that Jesus was worshiped by His followers.
Seven of the witnesses explicitly state that Jesus had life long disciples that took preeminence as leaders of His other followers (Apostles, perhaps).
Four of the witnesses explicitly state that Jesus was a renowned teacher.
Seven of the witnesses refer to the fact that Jesus was crucified. Only one of those seven were by inference.
Seven of the witnesses refer to the discovery of an empty tomb. Three of those are very specific.
Two of the witnesses explicitly refer to Jesus’ followers’ belief in His resurrection.
Six of the witnesses explicitly refer to the rapid spread of Christian belief.
Seven of the witnesses explicitly refer to the persecution that Jesus’ followers faced because of their belief.
Non-Christian evidence suggests about the existence of Jesus may be summarized as follows: Jesus lived Jesus was crucified Earthquake and darkness Jesus was called Christ Jesus lived in Judea Crucified under Pilate Pontius Followers were persecuted Jesus was the “Wise Jews had a hand in His King” Jesus foresaw the future death Rose after death Showed his injuries