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jesus: living legend ?
So, let's compare a real legend with Jesus' story to see if they look the same. If Jesus (as we know him) is a legend, he should at least have the decency to look like one.
Making the comparison with Jesus, we want to know when this fanciful story of him rising from the dead, and claims to diety first make their first appearance. Remember, the Arthurian myth (like any self-respecting legend) took around a thousand years to reach the form we'd recognise today.
Jesus' resurrection is told in the four gospels and in some of the new testament letters. This is unusual in legend terms, because they have not since been added to or embelished in any way. The story we hear on Easter Sunday is the very same as was told by Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul et al so many years ago.
St. Paul was putting that very same story about for years before he was executed for telling it. He was beheaded in (or near) Rome under Nero during the mid-60s AD. He was a keen letter writer and between about 49-6? AD shortly before "heads off" time, wrote to his friends all round the Med, with such gems as:
"Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" 1 Cor 15:3-4
Sound familiar at all? Of course it does. The message hasn't changed. And that was barely twenty years after Jesus died!
What about the Gospels? Some would have you believe that they were written hundreds of years later by Christian spin-doctors in Rome. I say otherwise. Even the most conservative estimates now suggested by academics place Mark's Gospel around the turn of the century (70-105 AD). And that's a worst case scenario!
Plus, as Legends go, it's not a very good one. Consider ..
Jesus Christ: Legendary? Not Likely!
Top Five Arthurian Quotes
1. "It's just a flesh wound!"