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Haha, Babylonian Talmud

Lol. Okay so apparently in the Babylonian Talmud it’s written that Jesus actually had a father, who was Tiberius Julius Pantera of the Roman Empire.

I knew that there was this assertion that his father was a Roman soldier, but I did not know they even had a name of the guy.

Tiberius Julius Abdes Pantera (/pænˈtɛrə/; c. 22 BC – AD 40) was a Roman soldier whose tombstone was found in BingerbrückGermany, in 1859. A historical connection from this soldier to Jesus has long been hypothesized by numerous scholars, based on the claim of the ancient Greek philosopher Celsus, who, according to Christian writer Origen in his “Against Celsus” (Greek Κατὰ Κέλσου, Kata KelsouLatin Contra Celsum), was the author of a work entitled The True Word (Greek Λόγος Ἀληθής, Logos Alēthēs).

Celsus’ work was lost, but in Origen’s account of it Jesus was depicted as the result of an affair between his mother Mary and a Roman soldier. He said she was “convicted of adultery and had a child by a certain soldier named Pantera”.[1] According to James Tabor, Tiberius Pantera could have been serving in the region at the time of Jesus’s conception.[1] Both the ancient Talmud and medieval Jewish writings and sayings reinforced this notion, referring to “Yeshu ben Pantera”, which translates as “Jesus, son of Pantera”. Tabor’s hypothesis is considered highly unlikely by mainstream scholars given that there is little other evidence to support Pantera’s paternity outside of the Greek and Jewish texts.[2][3]

– I mean yeah it’s Wikipedia but honestly at this point whatever

It’s always interesting seeing people make claims and counterclaims to divinity or whatnot and watching how they play out.

Who knows what the real story is? Just assertions and conjectures as far as I can tell.