As it happens, there's no need. I read all the books i could handle on the subject long, long ago. Turns out, nothing's been dug up since then. Well, there was that coffin... but, darn it, somebody figured out that the name had been chiseled in long after the thing was buried. Ooopsie's! There is every chance - for how do you prove a negative - that historic Jesus never existed and, frankly, the story makes a lot more sense that way.For my pretend namesake's benefit (I refuse to respond to him directly):
Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed and biblical scholars and classical historians regard theories of his non-existence as effectively refuted.
Look it up.
Peter: "No, I'm tellin' yas, I seen it wid me own eyes I did! He got up, got dressed, had himself a bit of a pee you know, and then he just walked right out of there he did!... What?.... Um... sure I saw it, I saw it myself I did... and, um.... yeah, then he sorta floated away down the street and I lost track of him for a day or two and finally here he comes in the pub, see? An' he's got these holes in his hands and feet and shit... HE DID! Yeah, I seen it myself. So here he comes in that pub and he looks around an' says, "Ye that have gathered in my name, deserve a drink! Drinks all round barkeep!" Yeah.. yeah, it's just the kind of guy he was I'm tellin' ya... yeah, sure, a few bob wouldn't go astray, bless you my son, bless you.. yeah, jus' toss it in the hat there with the other... yeah, there's a good lad... shalom to you too, brother..."