You may have wondered what it is we actually know about Jesus of Nazareth. The answer may surprise you, we actually know quite a lot about his life, death and what his disciples believed about him. However, purely from a historical perspective what we know is this. We know that Jesus was born somewhere between 4 - 6 BC and grew up in the Northern region of Israel in the town of Nazareth in Galilee. He was born to a woman called Mary and worked as a builder with Joseph. At around the age of 30 Jesus left his life as a builder and began building something very different. He came to proclaim 'God’s kingdom' and this ministry of his begins at his baptism by his cousin John in the River Jordan. We know from historical record that Jesus was arrested and put to death by crucifixion by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. We also know that his disciples believed that they saw him again and that they went into the world proclaiming that Jesus is the Son of God and had risen from the dead and that in him a new hope for all had come. So you may ask how do we know all this? The first thing to remember is that the New Testament as well as containing what the early Christians believed, it also contains historical facts that corresponds with non-Christian writings from the same period. This record can be attested in such writings as, Josephus, Thallus, Tacitus, Suetonius, the Talmud and Lucian as well as others. If we did not have the New Testament, we would still know that a man called Jesus from Nazareth was followed by a group of disciples, who died by crucifixion under Pontius Pilot and was said to have been raised from the dead and that they worshiped him as God. Below you will find some clips of what Christians believe about Jesus and why.