I’m not a Biblical scholar but I know many of you (including Christians) have strong opinions on this issue.
Reader Melissa sends this in an email:
… I feel as though I am reliving last semester — a period in which I took both Mythology and History at once. During the beginning, due to the influence Mythology had on me, I was positive that “Jesus Christ” was just a fictional character, spread by merchants over large lands, that evolved and continued to spread due to the various cultural impacts. But upon taking History, my entire train of thought came to a halt when my professor taught us about Jesus and all that transpired before and after his birth. While my professor was Catholic, he taught us right out of the text, which was a very feminist, liberal-as-you-can-be book.So here I am, stuck in the thought process, wondering if Jesus really existed and was a good man who people mistakenly took as their savior, or was just a fictional character who went by many names all throughout the continent.
While I don’t expect you to really have an answer for me, I was wondering if you had any book suggestions that might help me sort things out a bit more? I’m personally leaning towards the Jesus with many names and faces, but while I like to believe that, the chronological time line I was taught in history disproves that.
Do you have any suggestions as to good resources for Melissa so she can investigate this further?
(Please keep the comments tame.)