My guts tell me it's option 1 or 3. I just think they'd make up a better story if the whole story was made up.. You know?The three far more likely possibilities are:
1. There was a figure, or several figures, that had careers as itinerant preachers at the end of the first third of the first century, and that the gospel of Mark is a compelation of various oral traditions surrounding this individual.
2. That the entire story is a collection of fabrications and folk myths/legends, possibly again loosely based on the claims of previous Messiah cults, concocted by St. Paul and his followers.
3. A combination of the previous two.
Oh yes, awesomest passage in the Koran and Jesus is in it:
I'll post a decent response when I'm back from my trip!After the prayer, Isa (Jesus - peace be upon him) will prepare himself to do battle and shall take up a spear. An army shall return from a campaign launched before the arrival of Isa (Jesus - peeace be upon him). They shall bring glad tidings of victory over India, granted to them by the Lord Almighty. Isa (Jesus - peeace be upon him) shall set out in pursuit of Dajjal. All those who embraced the evil of Dajjal shall perish even as the breath of Isa (Jesus - peeace be upon him) touches them. The breath of Isa (Jesus - peeace be upon him) shall proceed him as far as the eye can see. Dajjal will be captured at Lydda. The Dark Messiah shall begin to melt, as lead melts in fire. The spear of Isa (Jesus - peace be upon him) shall plunge into Dajjal’s chest, ending his dreaded reign. The followers of Dajjal will be rooted out, for even the trees and rocks will speak out against them. Then all battles shall cease and the world will know an age of peace. Then truly the sheep will lie in the shadow of the wolf without fear. The rule of Jesus will be just and all shall flock to him to enter the folds of the one true religion, Islam.