The last few decades revealed many new archaeological, linguistic, and textual discoveries relevant to the birth of Christianity. We know
more about the special historical, economic, cultural, and religious forces in Palestine during Jesus' life than some of the gospel writers
themselves. Who did crowds think they were following when Jesus of Nazareth first appeared? It is now possible to strip away most of
an overlay of post-resurrection revisionism, later interpretation, scribal emendation, and imposed orthodoxy to reveal the core of the
message and historical events that formed the basis of the Christian religion.