Mara Bar-Serapion was a Syrian who wrote about Jesus Christ sometime around A.D. 73. He left a legacy manuscript to his son Serapion. The letter is now in the possession of the British Museum.
Reference To Jesus Christ
“What benefit did the Athenians obtain by putting Socrates to death? Famine and plague came upon them as judgment for their crime. Or, the people of Samos for burning Pythagoras? In one moment their country was covered with sand. Or the Jews by murdering their wise king?. . . after that their kingdom was abolished. God rightly avenged these men. . . the wise king. . . lived on in the teachings he enacted.” – British Museum, Syriac Manuscript, Additional 14,658
Mara Bar-Serapion reveals several key things:
- Christ was regarded as a wise king.
- Christ was murdered.
- Christ’ teachings lived on.
- God avenged the death of Christ.