Is there evidence that figures very similar to Jesus existed before his recorded life? Could it be that Jesus was simply one of many alleged messiahs who arrived to help liberate the Jews from Roman domination? Religions all over the world have experienced a phenomenon which has been given the label "crisis cults." Although the religious and cultural circumstances vary, these movements nevertheless share important similarities. Early Christianity itself can easily be described as such a "crisis cult" - but interestingly, not one which arose without contemporary precedent.
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