When it comes to reported miracles, some skeptics are quick to say, “Miracles just don’t happen.” But it’s interesting to see how even ancient Jewish sources never claimed that Jesus falsified any of his miracles.
At the Table Conference, The Case for Christ Author Lee Strobel noted that if a source says something good about their enemy, it increases the probability that their claim is true. In this video clip, Dr. Darrell Bock explains how even Jesus’ enemies admit that His miracles were not smoke and mirrors. He cites three ancient reports about Jesus’ miracles in Jewish sources:
“(The historian) Josephus said he was ‘a worker of unusual deeds.’ He’s a Jewish writer. The Jewish Talmud—the official rabbinic tradition of Judaism—in two places accuses Jesus of either being a sorcerer or a magician…That’s important because what the opponents are not saying is that nothing happened. What they are debating is where the power came from for what it is that was being done.”
This clip was taken from The Table Conference. Order the complete event here.
About the Contributors
Mikel Del Rosario is a PhD student in New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Project Manager for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center, and Adjunct Professor of Apologetics and World Religion at William Jessup University. Mikel co-authors The Table Briefing articles in Bibliotheca Sacra with Darrell Bock, manages the Table Podcast, and helps Christians defend the faith with courage and compassion through his apologetics speaking ministry. He holds a Master of Theology (ThM) from DTS and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.