Celsus

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Celsus, Greek philosopher from ?-177-? AD, writes in ?: Jesus had come from a village in Judea, and was the son of a poor Jewess who gained her living by the work of her own hands. His mother had been turned out of doors by her husband, who was a carpenter by trade, on being convicted of adultery. Being thus driven away by her husband, and wandering about in disgrace, she gave birth to Jesus, a bastard. Jesus, on account of his poverty, was hired out to go to Egypt. While there he acquired certain powers which Egyptians pride themselves on possessing. He returned home highly elated at possessing these powers, and on the strength of them gave himself out to be a god.

While criticizing Christianity, he unknowingly affirms many aspects of Jesus' life, and that each were generally accepted in the early second century. Celsus records that: Jesus came from a village in Judea, was the son of a poor Jewess, had an earthly carpenter father, possessed unusual magical powers, and claimed to be God.

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