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It really depends on what you mean by 'Jesus the man'. If you mean as depicted by the Bible then certainly not. If you take away the outrageous claims in the stories of Jesus you are left with not unreasonable accounts of a preacher living in the Iron Age. Practices, tales and beliefs that are not inconsistent with the people of the day. This alone is still not enough to say that his existence is more likely to be true than not. We could look for details in the stories that would not likely to have been dreamed up by writers of the day.Jem wrote:What makes you believe Jesus the man did or didn't exist? I've read that the evidence for his existence is scant and some of the arguments in favour of his existing are fallacious e.g. that a lot of people believed he existed therefore he must have existed. What is your view?
There is an interesting site on the subject by the Biblical scholar Ken Humphreys: