Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Alexander the Great and Jesus

I was watching a fascinating biography about Alexander the Great on the History Channel today. The events in Alexander’s life were presented by the program as if they were unquestioned historical facts. All the historians interviewed displayed a complete lack of skepticism about Alexander’s life.

I’m not skeptical about our knowledge of Alexander but it amazes me that many scholars are so skeptical about what we know about Jesus, and so un-skeptical about what we know of Alexander. After all, our earliest sources for Jesus were written from 20 to 70 years after his death while our earliest sources for Alexander were written over 300 years after his death!