You're correct that early Christians didn't refer to themselves as Christians. They referred to themselves as "The Way." But that's off the subject. Paul did write before the gospels. We know Corinthians and Romans were very early.<quoted text>
It means everything: prior to Paul? There simply **was** no single group calling themselves "christians".
In 1 Timothy, Paul clearly wrote that Jesus was a flesh and blood human being.Always, Paul writes about a celestial being-- a spirit, a ghost if you will-- never mortal flesh-and-blood.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.- 1 Timothy 2:5
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross -Philippians 2:5
Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh" -Romans 1:3
I have to ask, is your source for your claims the 2004 book, "The Pagan Christ" by Tom Harpur?