- The name “Jesus.”
- The place and time-frame of his public ministry (Galilee and Judea during Pontius Pilate’s governorship, Ad 26-36).
- The name of his mother (Mary).
- The ambiguous nature of his birth.
- The name of one of his brothers (James).
- His fame as a teacher.
- His fame as a miracle worker.
- The attribution to him of the title “Messiah/Christ.”
- His “kingly” status in the eyes of some.
- The time and manner of his execution (crucifixion around the Passover festival).
- The involvement of both the Roman and Jewish leadership in his death.
- The coincidence of an eclipse at the time of his crucifixion.
- The report of Jesus’ appearances to his followers after his death (if the alternative version of the Josephus passage is accepted, which may be debated).
- The flourishing of a movement that worshipped Jesus after his death.
A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus
John Dickson has a neat summary of the extra-biblical material about Jesus from Graeco-Roman and Jewish writers (i.e. Pliny, Tacitus, Josephus, etc). This is a compilation of what can be found from other evidence for the life of Jesus outside of the New Testament: