3 votes
Jul 24, 2015

A qualified yes; I suspect there is something behind the Jesus story because of some of the elements of the tale in the gospels.

If Jesus was a purely mythological figure, the story could simply have had him be born in Bethlehem (this was necessary to fulfill prophecies of the messiah), but instead they had this impossible story of travelling to Bethlehem for a census that historically did not happen, and certainly was never done in that way. This story only seems to exist to explain why he came from Nazareth but could still be the Messiah of prophecy.

I suspect there was a real figure somewhere in the Jesus story, but I don't think the gospels give us an accurate story of his life.

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