The evidence that Jesus ever existed is weaker than you might think

Before the European Enlightenment, virtually all New Testament experts assumed that handed-down stories about Jesus were first recorded by eye witnesses and were largely biographical. That is no longer the case. Assuming that the Jesus stories had their beginnings in one single person rather than a composite of several-or even in mythology itself-he probably was a wandering Jewish teacher in Roman-occupied Judea who offended the authorities and was executed.

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