The historians themselves wouldn't be making the forgery. The forgeries would have come later in an attempt to make history mesh with scripture. And believers have been trying to do that for a very long time. When I say historians I am speaking of ancient historian like Tacitus and Josephus. And I have read Ronald Mellor on the subject. It isn't 100% conclusive that the writings referencing Christ's crucifixion aren't forgeries. However as I said... there probably was a street preacher that went by that name and was killed for causing trouble politically in that area at the time. He possibly existed but did little else. Christianity altered the world (not necessarily for the better) because in the decline of Rome the Church used their new found religion as a political tool to gain favor among the budding new kingdoms of Briton. And let us not forget that the ONLY reason Rome adopted Christianity is because Constantine claimed to have had a divine hallucination telling him to conquer through Christ. What we know is that Rome was falling apart and they needed something new to believe in. When the emperor adopts a new faith... so does the empire. No one really took it seriously at the time. They simply aligned themselves with the emperor for political favor. Up to that point Christians were just a strange cult known as Gnostics. And were it not for Rome adopting Christianity... your religion would have died out a strange cult just like a million other religions at the time. The reason Christianity survived is because it became USEFUL to empires for controlling the masses. Not because of love peace and hope. Because of power and wealth. These are the roots of your faith. Christ had little to do with your religion spreading across the world. Constantine and power hungry leaders are the primary reason you religion wasn't lost in the ancient sands. And it was the roman's who selected what makes up your bible for you. Christ didn't do that. If we are going to assume that these things happened at all... He was the exact opposite. He opposed what he saw the Jewish community becoming. And he claimed to be the messiah. This is what got him killed. This is what got him left on the cross. Pilate didn't really care one way or the other but he was going to enforce order. The Christ Character in this story was just a public disturbance to be dealt with. But not in such a way as that maybe some of their beliefs got tangled in with stories at the time? Keep in mind this was passed via oral tradition until later written down. One already has been above. In Deut 20 they talk about the armies. Pretty much God commands the jews to go to each city in peace, and to demand that the people of that city become tributaries (To pay tribute) and if they won't, kill the men and spoiled women and take everything else in sight as their own as evidence of the favor of god. God pretty much commanded the Jews to be gangsters. To order those around them to pay up or die. I know I know, I'm reading it wrong, not keeping it in context, whatever other horse crap you guys like to toss out to keep your God from looking like the jerk he is. How about where if a woman doesn't protest her rape loud enough she gets stoned to death. Or the bible approved method of how to treat a slave. Has your daughter had premarital sex? No worries... we'll just murder her on her fathers door step. Peace and love my big ole butt.