Jesus of History

What do we know about Jesus of Nazareth as absolute?  Jesus was a real Jewish boy born to a Jewish mother during the Roman occupation of Palestine.  He grew up in Nazareth in the Galilee area. sometime in the early first century between 6 BCE-30 CE.  John the Baptist baptized Jesus before he began to teach about a kingdom.  After his death on the cross, his followers or disciples proclaimed that he had risen from the dead.  There is a general respect for this good man Jesus from all religious and non-religious people.  The Jesus of history is the most studied historical individual, since more has been written about him than any other person.  Most people whether they believe in Jesus as a religious figure or not, hold these simple verifiable generic facts.

The desire for wisdom (Wis 6:17-6:20)

“The beginning of wisdom is

The most sincere desire for instruction.

Concern for instruction is love of her.

Love of her

Is the keeping of her laws.

Giving heed to her laws

Is assurance of immortality.

Immortality brings one near to God.

Thus the desire for wisdom

Leads to a kingdom.”

You begin to get wisdom with the desire for instruction about her. You must love her and her instructions. If you keep and heed her laws (νόμων αὐτῆς), you will be assured of immortality as you come near to God (ἀφθαρσία δὲ ἐγγὺς εἶναι ποιεῖ Θεοῦ). This desire for wisdom (ἐπιθυμία ἄρα σοφίας) will lead to a kingdom (βασιλείαν). Is this an eternal kingdom with God? This also was part of the Greek Stoic journey of the various steps or desires to get to wisdom.