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Lucian (Ancient Anti-Christian Satirist) Wrote about Jesus Christ and His Crucifixion

Posted by FactReal on April 12, 2012

HISTORICITY OF JESUS
Lucian of Samosata* (c. 120 – c. 180 A.D.) was a second century Assyrian satirist who wrote in the Greek language and mocked Christians. He was also a traveling lecturer and a rhetorician concerned with accuracy. Lucian used his mordant wit to scornfully describe and ridicule early Christians. But by doing so, he left writings confirming that Jesus: was real, was the founder of Christianity, was worshiped by the Christians, and was crucified.

Lucian’s work The Death of Peregrinus or The Passing of Peregrinus), 11-13:
This is one of the earliest surviving pagan perceptions of Christianity. Here Lucian satirized the Christians while telling the story of a philosopher sage who at one point becomes a leader of the Christians to take advantage of their gullibility.

“The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day,–the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account…and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws.”

Sources: Sacred Texts, Tertullian

* Lucian was born in Samosata, Commagene, Syria — now Samsat, Turkey.

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