Explore the question, "Was Jesus an historical figure?"
Laypersons and Scholars are welcome to present views.

A discussion of the ideas in such recently published books as, The Jesus Mysteries: Was the 'Original Jesus' a Pagan God? by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy; The Jesus Puzzle:   Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? by Earl Doherty; and, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography and The Birth of Christianity by John Dominic Crossan.

Also raised are relevant ideas in works by authors Paula Fredriksen, G. A. Wells, Robert M. Price, Elaine Pagels, Stevan Davies, Darrell Doughty, Burton Mack, Alvar Ellegard, Marcus Borg, John P. Meier, Hermann Detering, Robert Eisenman, John S. Kloppenborg, et al.

One of the main attractions in asking the controversial question, "Was Jesus historical?" is the engagement in an intriguing, interesting, and investigative challenge to become better informed.   We're doing detective work, examining the historical record, discovering evidence, researching, gathering clues from each other, marshalling and weighing evidence, sorting, assessing, trying to synthesize.   Jesus-Mysteries is an ongoing *historical* inquiry and not a religious one--do not post messages of an apologetic nature.   Exploration of the widely varied theories is encouraged in your search for fact and truth.   Articles, interviews, book reviews and other resources are provided in the extensive Bookmarks section to this community

Please feel free to join and interact and to express yourself courteously.

Welcome to everyone and enjoy!