The “Jesus Christ” of the New Testament is a fictional compilation of characters, not a single historical individual. A compilation of multiple “people” is no one. When the mythological and midrashic layers are removed, there remains no historical core to the onion. The evidence reveals that the gospel story is myth historicized, not history mythologized.
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Evemerism v. Mythicism
The perspective of a man, a rabbi, rebel, Stoic, healer, sage or yogi to whose mundane biography enthusiastic followers added fabulous fairytales and myths is called “euhemerism” or “evemerism,” and I address it throughout my works, by demonstrating what I state in the above image.
Here is more on that subject: It’s not possible that there is a single individual inspiring the myth, because a compilation of multiple characters is no one, and there isn’t and doesn’t need to be a historical core to the onion. If some 90% of the story is fiction and 10% is “biography,” how can the story reflect the biography of a “real person?” And the evidence shows that the human contribution to the story is limited largely to some possible movement around the Levant and various sayings, which were said by real people of course. But a compilation of multiple real people itself would also not be a single individual.
As I say, Jesus is myth historicized, not history mythologized. The story existed first in bits and pieces, was compiled, had sayings added to it and was increasingly historicized and Judaized by placing it in the Near East and revolving it around a Jewish man.
That’s where the evidence leads, including and especially as reflected not only in massive amounts of pre-Christian mythology but also in the Gnostic movement that preceded orthodox Christianity in the historical record. The Gnostics had a phantasmagorical Jesus residing in the pleroma (heavenly “fullness”) before he was dragged down to earth and turned into a real person.
The Christian mythmakers had plenty of opportunity to practice, and their predecessors had just come off a centuries-long attempt at merging cultures through the fabricated hybrid god Serapis. Christianity was simply a doubling down of this effort, changing the Greco-Egyptian god into a Jewish one, for the purpose of overriding troublesome Jewish fanaticism and rabblerousing about the supposedly coming messiah.
Myths are often based on the social factors of the time and place, and Christianity was little different. It was simply more powerful, in that it incorporated the myths of many different cultures in a widespread area, even so far as India, which had been opened up to the Romans during the first centuries BCE-AD/CE.
Like I say, the gospel story is myth historicized, not history mythologized. The massive body of Jesus mythicist literature has back-engineered most if not all major and many minor elements of the tale to show where it comes from in pre-Christian mythology. And as I say, there simply is no historical core to the onion.
There simply is no evidence for any individual somehow buried under the mountains of mythical themes and midrash.
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As I have demonstrated repeatedly in my writings, the creators of Christianity took the basic myths of the SUN god that could be found around the Mediterranean revolving around numerous deities, including Dionysus, Osiris, Horus and so on. They compiled them as a tale and added sayings to the story. This tale was increasingly historicized and Judaized. As further evidence of this fact, again, the Gnostic movement, with its phantasmagorical Jesus, preceded the historical movement.
Where is a historical individual needed within this basic mythological framework?