SINCE his death, many experts have dedicated their career to finding archaeological proof that Jesus Christ existed.
Evidence of his existence has been few and far between, but there are certain items from roughly 2000 years ago and discovered in the right regions that suggest Christ was a real person.
Artefacts have been found across the globe, which seem to prove that Jesus did live.
Whether he was divine will always be a topic for debate, but evidence suggests he did once walk the Earth.
For starters, experts have recently found ruins of a first century synagogue in Israel supposedly confirm sections of the New Testament, and with it historic accounts of Jesus’s life.
Frescoes discovered at the ruins
The startling discovery was made at a site called Tel Rechesh, near to Mount Tabor in the Nahal Tavor Nature Reserve in lower Galilee, in a synagogue that dates back to 79 AD – the year when the Romans attacked Jerusalem.
The findings confirm that Jesus once preached sermons at the synagogue, according to Motti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.
He said: “This is the first synagogue discovered in the rural part of the Galilee and it confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages.”
Additionally, British archaeologist Dr Ken Dark believes he may have found the humble first century home in Nazareth, northern Israel, as the place where Mary and Joseph brought up the alleged Son of God.
In his article in Biblical Archaeological Review, Dr Dark said that there was “no good reason” why the courtyard style house was not the home of Jesus.
The house is located beneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, across the road from the Church of Annunciation, according to Dr Dark.
In the article Dr Dark wrote: “Great efforts had been made to encompass the remains of this building within the vaulted cellars of both the Byzantine and Crusader churches, so that it was thereafter protected.”
It then describes two churches in Nazareth, one of which was the Church of Annunciation, explained Dr Dark.
He writes: “The other stood nearby and was built near a vault that also contained a spring and the remains of two tombs.
“Between these two tombs was the house in which Jesus was raised.”
Furthermore, in 1961, archaeologists uncovered a stone that was inspirited with the text “Pontius Pilate, prefect of Judaea, has made this Tiberieum and dedicated it to the Augustan gods”.
What this points to, and is the only evidence so far, is that Pontious Pilate existed – with only other mentions of him coming in the New Testament.
What makes this significant is that Pilate was the Roman official who condemned Christ to his crucifixion.
Josephus – the author behind the sole surviving account of first century Judea, ‘War of the Jews
Then comes the sole surviving account of first century Judea, the ‘War of the Jews’ by Josephus, a first-century Romano-Jewish scholar and historian who mentions Jesus on several occasions.
One passage talks about the execution of “James, the brother of Jesus who was called the Christ/Messiah”.
Following James’ execution, his remains were supposedly placed in an ossuary, a small box where human parts were put and buried – a practice that was carried out in the region between 20BC to 70AD.
The alleged ossuary of James, Jesus’ brother
The ossuary was discovered in 2002 and written in Aramaic on the side is “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” – although its authenticity is up for debate.
Another passage written by Josephus reads: “At this time there was a wise man named Jesus. His conduct was good and [he] was known to be virtuous.
“And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who became his disciples did not abandon his discipleship.”