- Mar 2013
- Escandinavia y Mesopotamia
(although I will no longer respond to the close-minded comments of the other user).
... the very idea of an unhistorical Jesus (bear in mind I haven't even expressed what my position is).
As for Paul, yes he was a contemporary of Jesus, although their situations aren't equivalent. Polybius lived in Greece when Hannibal was directly involved in geopolitical affairs in the region, and had no reason to invent the guy. Paul was living in Tarsus and then helped to establish a religion around a guy who apparently had come and gone.
That Jesus has not existed or that his existence is questionable is a fringe-theory called "Christ myth theory" which is mainly promoted by crackpots, and the vast scholars (both Christians and also atheists) refute this since they accept that Jesus was a historical person. (Of course)