The life of the historical Jesus and his message

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The historical Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure in Christianity. He is also known as Jesus "Christ", which means the anointed one. However, he is known as Jesus Christ only to Christians because the Jews do not consider Jesus to have been the messiah. The Hebrew Bible, or the Old Testament, prophesized that a messiah would come as a savior to lead the Jews. Although the Jews were waiting for a messiah to help liberate them, they were expecting a great warrior, unlike Jesus who was also a Jew. Although he was born around 3 or 4 BC, there is close to no knowledge of the life of Jesus before the age of 30. However, historians believe that Jesus, along with his siblings, grew up in a middle class family because his father was a carpenter.

As the quest for the historical Jesus began in the 1800's, there have been many arguments relating to the validity of Jesus Christ.

But references of Jesus that date from the first century A.D, such as his crucifixion and an inscription with the words "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.", has led most historians and scholars to believe that Jesus was a real person. Although not much is known about the life of Jesus before 30, the four Gospels from the New Testament of the Bible reveals most of what historians know about Jesus today. There are Four Gospels: the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Although the authors of these four famous Gospels did not personally know Jesus, they probably knew people who knew Jesus and witnessed his miracles. The Gospels basically tell the story of how the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. The Gospels continue to tell of the many miracles...