I’m not trying to be cute and this isn’t a gotcha. I’ve poked around the internet a little looking for an answer and the three most popular options seem to be:[ol][li]He didn’t need to because herds of scribes followed him around all the timeIn spite of being a good public speaker he was illiterate which was not unusual in that time periodHe didn’t exist[/li][/ol]
Right off I don’t care about #3 and don’t want to discuss it. I’m here to solicit opinions from board members of a theological bent regarding my question. Feel free to elaborate on points #1 or #2 or offer some altogether different explanation if you are so inclined.
Full disclosure: I’m an atheist who is willing to believe there was a popular philosopher named Jesus walking around at the time who said a lot of things that people wrote down.