I am seriously interested in reading your views on whether you think the biblical character, Jesus of Nazareth existed, and why you think so or think not, and the evidence you have accumulated that helped you arrive at this conclusion.
I am asking because I feel sure that, even among non-believers there is probably a wide range of different views based on interpretation and your own understanding of scripture and supposed expert scholarly opinion.
If you’re up for it, it could prove an interesting discussion.
As an example. A point Greg makes over on Neil Godfrey’s blog: ”In Galatians, he (Paul) identifies James, John, and Cephas as “pillars” and expresses some disdain for them. I would think that they would be included as the “super-apostles” in 2 Corinthians 11:4-6 and 12:11 where he says his knowledge is not inferior to theirs. That would be a tough claim to make if he thought they had known Jesus as a first century person.”
Indeed! It has always seemed odd ( to me at least) that Paul would set himself above those who actually knew Jesus.
Unless of course … they didn’t!
So, historical figure, yes or no and why?
Colorstorm etc be warned …. I don’t think I need spell it out, do I? Excellent!
Carry on …
I note blogpal paulg has liked the post. Come on Paul, don’t be shy. I am interested in your view and why also.