Scholar Bart Ehrman has been talking on his blog of the ancient notion Jesus was a god. He notes there are various versions in the Bible of when/how this label came to be.
Ehrman finds two approaches to the Jesus-turned-into-a-god story. In one, Jesus started as man, then was promoted. This is called the bottom-up story. In another, Jesus was labeled a god long before he was born, top-down.
The story of the resurrection leaves a conclusion Jesus was not considered divine by the locals until he came back to life. This, then, started the bottom up version of being a god.
In the earliest Gospel, Mark, and in what is thought by some to be the original intent of Luke, Jesus became super charged when he was baptised by John the Baptist. That view changed when two chapters were added later to Luke and in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus was then made divine at the virgin birth.
As time moved on after the resurrection, the time of the branding as divine became even earlier. When, finally, the book of John was written, it is claimed Jesus was divine long before he was even conceived.
Ehrman saw the Jews at the time of Jesus as believing divine characteristics to be on a continuum, not an either/or thing. This indigenous view of the divine was bottom up.
The bottom up theory of a Jesus being both human and Divine best fits the mythology of that period two thousand years ago.
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