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Jesus of Nazareth was, in terms of his influence, the most important human being in history. He is also the most written about and discussed. The earliest surviving document dealing with him, St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians, was circulated (that is, copied and published) in the fifties of the first century A.D., about twenty years after his death. By then, biographies of him written in the Aramaic tongue he normally spoke were circulating, but these have since disappeared.
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