Paul was 20 years after. Not that long.<quoted text> That's the problem dude, there's no evidence of him.
It's all second third hand 30-50+ years after the fact.
No direct testimony of anyone, seems more a fabrication than a real person. But I do think he represents the suffering of people.
The only physical evidence is so shrouded in controversy, even if it is real it's not going to prove much. But it's authenticity is weak at best.
Xcntirk and I had discussions about that. He ranted and raved about 50-70 years later for Paul. Then I apprised him of the fact that AD started with the birth, not the crucifixion. After months of his BS, he disappeared a day or two after that.
Paul is thought to have died between 62-68 AD, under the rule of Nero, who died in 68 AD. Subtract 30 odd years from that. He started writing before he died.