I'm reminded of a "listicle" begun on "Five Possible Identities for the Real Jesus." That could easily be a series, but I wonder if it really helps push the conversation in a productive direction. If I don't put out at least one, though, then I'm afraid I do an offense to my volunteer editors.
Hi Marcilla, you've lost me here. Where was the "listicle" begun? Who are your volunteer editors?
Five possible identities? Here's my list: Homer's Odysseus, Julius Caesar, Augustus (Octavian), Titus, Vespasian, Josephus, Judas the Galilean, James the Just's brother, The Egyptian, and Izates Manu IV. That's ten. Did I miss anybody? Not counting posthumous pretenders such as all the Popes.
I'd love to see a chart - maybe even interactive - that has all the roots and how they are proposed to come together - by timeline - into the Jesus of the Gospels that we know today. I don't suppose anything like that exists, though?
Richard had always been hoping I'd put something together. The closest I ever came, is a "Composite Gospel" spreadsheet based on Semantic Bible's pericope browser, which I mapped onto parallel incidents in Josephus identified by Joe Atwill, and incidents in Homer identified by Dennis MacDonald. This could be extended to include the other eight candidates, or more.
Also, our esteemed forum member Gilius once posted a spreadsheet comparing the gospels and Josephus, in this thread.