Jesus — A better speaker than Tony Robbins?

Martin Svaneborg
8 min readJan 15, 2021

He put the pathos in the Holy Trinity.

Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

Years ago, a child was born, who grew up to become quite special. We know little from his upbringing, but as a man, he became known as Jesus of Nazareth. The Nazarene, from the region of Galilee. The man’s message elevated him to a status, where he would become arguably the most famous person of all time. Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Quite the career advancement. A lot has been written about him in religious contexts, but because almost everything written about him is written with a religious motivation, it is fair to be skeptical about the legitimacy of those stories. Because of this fair skepticism, many even argued the Nazarene did not exist at all but was a figment of spiritual imagination crafted to derive power to a corrupt patriarchal institution in the making. However, most respected theological scholars now agree that the historical Jesus did exist. There is documentation (very little, but enough) describing Jesus in contexts where there would be no religious motivation for even mentioning his existence.

Historical documentation for Jesus of Nazareth

In the year 64CE, the roman historian Tacitus wrote this:

“Nero fastened the guilt … 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 … Pontius Pilatus,”

Being a roman, Tacitus would have no personal or strategic reason to mention Jesus or what happened to him, as Rome at that time was not yet Christian. Similarly, the first-century historian, Josephus, mentioned not only Jesus but also his brother James, when he wrote this:

“… one James described by the Jewish Sanhedrin, the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ.”

The interesting thing here is obviously not the documentation of the existence of Jesus, but the question: Were you aware Jesus had a brother? Of course, he did. He had several. This was two thousand years ago. As opposed to our time, only children were very rare. But then again, he went on to become the one and only Son of God. So, I guess the misunderstanding is fair.

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Martin Svaneborg

Trained as an actor, singer and dancer and son of an alcoholic. Now, more a writer with a perspective and motivation to serve..