In his ongoing attacks on the historicity of the Bible, David Bokovoy insists that the argument that the authors of the NT intended to describe actual historical people, places and events is false:
[Some believers argue that] Surely, therefore, the New Testament contains “historicity.” Wellllll. . . No. It doesn’t. In fact, not at all. …. Mark didn’t set out to write a “history” or even a “biography” of Jesus. …. Instead, they [the Gospel authors] were meant to inspire and teach theology.
Those interested in examining this issue in depth should consult Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, (Eerdmanns 2008)