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Suetonius, a second century Roman historian, confirms some of what was written in the Bible.

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Dave: Are there any secular historians who confirm what the Bible says?

Jeff: A TON. One of them was named Suetonius.

Dave: Gaius Suetonius Tranquillas was a Roman historian who mentions Christ and Christians.

Jeff: His passages are notably shorter than others, but nevertheless they try to provide some interesting insight into Biblical claims.

Dave: As Gary Habermas has said, Suetonius was the “chief secretary of Emperor Hadrian (AD 117 – 138) and [it’s important to note] he had access to the imperial records.”

Jeff: In one of his entrances about Claudius, Suetonius says this: Because the Jews at Rome caused continuous disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus [an alternate spelling of Christ], he expelled them from the city.

Dave: This corresponds with Acts 18:2 which says, “There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome.”

Jeff: This corroboration is an excellent source which yet again shows the credibility and accuracy of the Biblical writers.

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