The doubt cast in this new article on Big Think, including Joseph Atwill‘s new documentary, actually isn’t new, although the numbers may be on the rise. Granted, Atwill has a new spin, but others have been pointing to an absence of historical evidence for some time.
A few older books come to mind:
These and many others often come back to the same Hero Pattern.
In the mid 80s the Jesus Seminar and later the Jesus Project “to review each of the sayings and deeds attributed to Jesus in the gospels and determine which of them could be considered authentic” (Westar Institute). Of course some scholars doubt if a historical Jesus existed at all.