I don't talk much about Jesus in this article, but I do in lots of others. Actually, I self-published several anthologies of my writings on Amazon. I have another one coming out soon that focusses on religion. You can find links to them at the top of my old blog (link below). You can find an ordered list of my articles through the second link (it groups them by category and includes all the links).
I suspect the gospel character of Jesus was used as a figurehead to start a Jewish version of a Mystery cult. Either that or he was one of various Jewish spiritual leaders that got caught up in politics like a naive hippie; he was crushed by Rome, as was Jerusalem itself, and the memory of that amalgamation inspired the invention of the perfected Christ character. So there are plenty of absurdities in the gospels because they're not historical reports so much as allegories and proposals for a new direction for both Judaism and paganism.
The catholicizing, literalistic (exoteric) proposals were tainted from the start by their scapegoating of the Jews and their deference to Rome. The intellectual heft of the movement is found in the excluded Gnostic texts, the darkness of which is recaptured by existential philosophy, as Hans Jonas pointed out.