Good post. I don't buy into "charisma adoration", either.<quoted text>
I disagree about the charismatic part. I think it's likely that he was one of the top 100 charismatic people of his time period, if he existed.
Tom Hanks is easily more charismatic than the character of Jesus. That's just the first one that popped into my head. If Tom Hanks had magical powers, Jesus could not compete. I'm sure there are and have been tens of thousands of actual people more charismatic than any person The Jesus! myth was based on.
I don't value charisma that much anyway. Think Hitler.
The Jesus! myth does not impress me, so any person or persons it might be based on would impress me less, as myths and legends are always embellished.
Thanks to Scar for "The Jesus!" formatting. I like it.
I think it works in a tribal or group setting, such as a small town or community. The difference being is in that setting, the people >know< that person, as well as that charismatic person making sense, being compelling etc...
Even in those settings legends grow and the personna of the individual becomes magnified.
(use the Jesus! however you see fit)