Josephus as most know, was a Jewish/Roman 1st century historian. He was well respected by the Roman community and christians were zealous readers of his works.
He is one person christians use as a solid basis for proof of Jesus earthly existence.
Here is a quote that is used by some christians who strongly believe these words came from the hand of Josephus himself,
"Now, there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day."
– Josephus (aka Joseph ben Matthias) The Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3: the so called Testimonium Flavianum
There's a really big problem with this being his words. The problem is, ALL of the writers who were christian apologist in all of their arguments to validate Jesus existence.....NEVER quote these precious words of their beloved and trusted historian. Why? Why is it not until the 4th century that these words appear as Josephus words....and THEN only are they used as argumentation for Jesus existence?
Justin, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Cyprian, Arnobius, etc. in all their defences against pagan hostility, makes not a single reference to Josephus wondrous words. Even in the 3rd century....Origen in all his battles with the pagans makes zero reference to these supposed words that came from Josephus
If these words were truly existent in Josephus ORIGINAL writings, then WHY did not these early christian apologists/writers use them in jesus defence?
I'm thinkin it's time we go on a damn witch hunt and find the bastards who added those words and sue their asses and get richer than a bastard!