This is more of a musing, a pensive attempt at conversation away from the norm. But here are some random questions, in the hopes of coaxing out deeper thoughts on the question, for historical Jesus scholars on the figure of Jesus.
- If such a figure as Jesus existed, do you really think his this earthly, historical figure’s name was Jesus? Or, is it possible this is a title for a figure who lived, for which the narrative is loosely based? For example, like Romulus holds the name/title Quirinus (‘spear’) when he ascended and which, perhaps, Philippians 2:10 is in reference?
- What parts of the Gospels are historical and which are tradition and what methods do you use to determine which is which?
- Which testimony, from Christian sources, from outside the canon, do you find to be the most relevant for determining the historicity of the figure known as Jesus?