hose who believed in Jesus in Late Antiquity, both "Catholic" and "Gnostic" Christians, did so because they saw him as the eternal Son of God. History for them was an incidental concern at best. One of the paradoxes of a genuinely historical approach to the New Testament is that the texts show that history was not their primary interest. Paradoxes like this help us appreciate why they attract so much conflicted critical attention.
Any thoughts on this?