Michael Martin, philosopher, skeptic of the historical Jesus:
If Jesus did exist, one would have expected Josephus…to have said much more about him…It is unexpected that Jesus mentioned him…in passing while mentioning other messianic figures and John the Baptist in greater detail.
Edwin Yamauchi, scholar of Mediterranean studies, Christian:
I’d answer by saying this: Josephus was interested in political matters and the struggle against Rome, so for him John the Baptist was more important because he seemed to pose a greater political threat than did Jesus.
From The Case for Christ, pp. 86-87
Gary: Wow. Rome saw John the Baptist as a greater political threat than Jesus? That’s odd. I don’t remember any mention of John the Baptist riding into Jerusalem greeted as the King of Israel (and therefore a usurper to the dominion of Caesar) by great throngs of cheering Jews:
The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—
the King of Israel!”
…The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!” —Gospel of John
I don’t remember John the Baptist being accused of destroying the Temple; an act that would have unleashed massive unrest in Palestine:
“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” —Gospel of Mark
I don’t remember John the Baptist stirring up so much controversy that the highest Jewish authorities in the country were willing to threaten the Roman governor with treason against Caesar if he did not kill him as they demanded:
So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him…“If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.”
–the Gospel of John
Dear Readers: Isn’t it much more probable that the reason Josephus said so little about Jesus (and Philo said absolutely nothing about him) is that Jesus was not the big deal that the anonymous Gospel authors made him out to be? Maybe in Josephus’ mind, Jesus was just another alleged miracle worker and messiah pretender. He was not a big deal. And that is why Josephus wrote one brief paragraph about him.