Imran Khan claims there is no historical record of Jesus
Pakistan Prime Minister, Irman Khan has claimed that there is no historical record of Jesus Christ in a 20 November speech.
This could have been a dramatic slip of the tongue by the Oxford University educated leader of the centrist PTI party, but has been viewed as a direct attack on the Christian faith by Pakistani Christians, who number as many as three million in the country.
Around the globe, there was a strong reaction from Christians shocked by Khan’s remarks. He is also facing significant criticism from many Muslims as Jesus is, of course, referred to in the Koran on 187 occasions.
Aside from extensive Gospel writings and New Testament epistles, there are many extra-Biblical accounts of Jesus in historical literature. One of the best-known is Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (AD 37-101), who describe Jesus as the “Christ” a “doer of wonderful works” who was condemned to the cross and “appeared alive on the third day”.
The Roman historian Tacitus (AD 55-117) makes mention of Jesus as “Christus, … who suffered the extreme penalty at the hand of Pontius Pilate”.
Pliny the Younger (AD 61 -113) also wrote about Jesus, describing his followers singing and worshiping “to Christ, as to a god”, in Nero’s Rome.