I am not MH and I think he knows a lot about Paul and the Bible but I have always found this a interesting subject.
Jesus goes directly back to the ancients religion of sun worship. To understand this you firstly need to understand what ancient Egyptians believed, though out history men figured out the greatest enemy they faced was night, darkness....it brings cold and also hungry creatures which wish to feed, never know whats out in the night. They gave night a name called Set and thought of the sun as the Saviour, do not believe them that its the savior.... wait till it doesn't come up. Each and every morning the Sun defeats Set and each night Set defeated the Sun, called a "Sun Set"
They also believed God is something which can not be seen but you could see his "Sun". Which they called Amen-Ra or Horus. They believed that you could send prays to God through Amen, interesting that we still say Amen after every pray. They also raise their arms when praising the sun god, just like what we do in church when singing praise to God.
The bible is full of metaphors/stories to teach/history etc. Jesus walking on water, well go out near a lake of water at 6 every morning and you will see Jesus walking on water. The bible also says after the resurrection Jesus left in clouds and he will also return in clouds as the Saviour.....watch the sun set and you'll see Jesus leaving in the clouds and he will return bringing salvation, light and warmth the next morning in the clouds .
The 12 disciples that travel around with the Sun of God representing the 12 months or 12 star signs. The four disciples Mathew, Mark, Luke and John who describe the movement of "Jesus" through the seasons.
Also interesting to study where the Christian cross came from, its certainly not because Jesus was crucified on a cross because the Romans at the time didn't believe in shedding blood, they preferred to burn people. Check out some old art works of Jesus you'll see he always has a cross and circle behind his head representing the sun on the zodiac. The pope probably thought it is a good idea to stop this as people might catch onto his little lie so we no longer see art work of Jesus with the pagan cross behind his head.
All concepts and beliefs of Judaism/Christianity can be traced back many many times to old ancient beliefs way before Jesus. Thats why its called the greatest story ever told. Theres so much to study and so much that we do not know.