Actually the author discusses in 'Zealot' how Jesus was probably not from Nazereth. He was likely from that area but not the town itself, given what little we know about his social status. He also discusses the Essenes who (I believe this is true but could be wrong as I am typing from memory) were around after Jesus, and how some of their predecessors may have had an impact on Jesus.
I will check out the link. Lately I've been more interested in discussions of pagan and early Christian interactions - but that is not relevant to this thread.
Last edited by opalescent; 02-19-2014 at 08:19 PM.
Reason: more rambling!