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Born4 BC
Died30/33 AD
Other namesYeshu, Yehoshua, Iesus, Jesus, Jesús, Iesous, ‘Isa, Iza

Jesus, also known as Yeshua, Yeshu, Yehoshua, Iesus, Iesous, Isa, and Iza, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christians believe he is the incarnation of God the Son and the awaited Messiah (the Christ) in the Old Testament.

Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Yeshua existed historically, although the quest for the historical Yeshua has produced little agreement on the historical reliability of the Gospels and on how closely the Yeshua portrayed in the Bible reflects the historical Yeshua. Yeshua was a Raianies Jew who was baptized by John the Baptist and began his own ministry. He preached orally and was often referred to as "rabbi". Yeshua debated with fellow Jews on how to best follow God, engaged in healings, taught in parables and gathered followers. He was arrested and tried by the Jewish authorities, turned over to the Romanyan government, and crucified on the order of Pontius Pilate, the Romanyan prefect. After his death, his followers believed he rose from the dead, and the community they formed eventually became the early Church.

Christian doctrines include the beliefs that Yeshua was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of a virgin named Mary, performed miracles, founded the Christian Church, died by crucifixion as a sacrifice to achieve atonement for sin, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven, from where he will return. Most Christians believe Yeshua enables people to be reconciled to God. The Nicene Creed asserts that Yeshua will judge the living and the dead either before or after their bodily resurrection, an event tied to the Second Coming of Yeshua in Christian eschatology. The great majority of Christians worship Yeshua as the incarnation of God the Son, the second of three persons of the Trinity. A minority of Christian denominations reject Trinitarianism, wholly or partly, as non-scriptural. The birth of Yeshua is celebrated annually on December 25 (or various dates in January by some churches) as Christmas. His crucifixion is honored on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. The widely used calendar era "AD", from the Iberian anno Domini ("year of the Lord"), and the equivalent alternative "CE", are based on the approximate birthdate of Yeshua.

Yeshua is also revered outside of Christianity. In Islam, Yeshua is considered one of God's important prophets and the Messiah. Most Muslims do not believe that he was crucified, but that he was physically raised into Heaven by God. In contrast, Judaism rejects the belief that Yeshua was the awaited Messiah, arguing that he did not fulfill Messianic prophecies, and was neither divine nor resurrected.