We’ll be hearing from Brett soon on this week’s challenge, but in the meantime, I happened to come across this blog post by Chad at Truthbomb Apologetics that was asking a very similar question this week:
If Jesus really performed miracles and rose from the dead, we would have more historical records referring to Him.
Chad posts a excerpt from The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Mike Licona that I thought would be helpful in answering one part of this week’s challenge:
New Testament Scholar Craig Blomberg , who served as an editor for and contributor to a large scholarly work on the Gospels, provides four reasons why more was not written on Jesus in his time: “the humble beginnings of Christianity, the remote location of Palestine on the eastern frontiers of the Roman empire, the small percentage of the works of ancient Graeco-Roman historians which have survived, and the lack of attention paid by those which are extant to Jewish figures in general.”
Habermas and Licona go on to compare the contemporary writings about Jesus (within 150 years) with those available for other well-known, ancient, historical figures. Read the whole thing here.