We have only scraps of reliable information about Jesus. What was he like as a child and an adolescent? What was his relationship with the Essenes? Was he Mary Magdalene’s lover? What was the role of Judas? Did Jesus think he was a Messiah – or God? Was he a freedom fighter for Jewish independence? How did he relate to the Roman colonisers and the Jewish priestly caste and the Pharisees?
These are all interesting questions, whatever your own opinion of the theology that grew up around his life. Read an imaginative reconstruction of all of this in my “Reluctant Messiah”.