Now, for the quote of the day that took me on that rabbit trail . . .
"A tweedy poetaster who spent his time spinning out parables and Japanese koans, a literary aesthete who toyed with 1st-century deconstructionism, or a bland Jesus who simply told people to look at the lilies of the field - such a Jesus would threaten no one, just as the university professors who create him threaten no one. The historical Jesus did threaten, disturb, and infuriate people - from interpreters of the Law through the Jerusalem priestly aristocracy to the Roman prefect who finally tried and crucified him . . . A Jesus whose words and deeds would not alienate people, especially powerful people, is not the historical Jesus."
(J. Meier, A Marginal Jew 1:177)