Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone were real too. Didn't keep a lot of myths being written about them.<quoted text> It just means you know nothing about historical investigation. For one thing i don't know any credible historian who acknowledges Zeus or Hercules as real. Same cannot be said for Jesus. You and by extension IANS seem to think Josephus, Philo, Jesus, Paul along with a host of OT writers were all wrong and you are right. All these ancients could not distinguish fact from fiction. Then you have all the varied accounts for the flood from different cultures. A boat, one family making it through. These are common themes. Written accounts is historical evidence! When you have multiple accounts then you have historicity. Fact being the ancients believed it happened from all over and wrote about it. You reducing it all to Zeus is just excuse making. They wrote about Zeus so anything they have to say about a flood is automatically false or as credible as their belief in Zeus? Amazing how you run from the truth and manipulate and throw the ancients under the bus so you can cling to your unbelief. You don't give a rats ass about truth or history. So pathetic and cowardly.
BTW...the parts of Josephus about Jesus have been shown to be later additions by Christian monks. The language used in those parts is all wrong for a writer in Josephus's time.
And Jesus is not known to have written anything...even assuming he actually existed (a debatable point). And using Jesus to prove Jesus is known as circular reasoning.
There are no known references to Jesus that do not lead back to the Gospels as their source. And using them to prove Jesus is just like using the Iliad to prove Zeus...as has been pointed out.