Biblical scholarship since the early 19th century has been investigating the true origins of Xtianity. Unlike what most of us were told when young, the origins were very diverse. There were many different sects with many different ideas about who Jesus (Yeshua) the Christ (Messiah) actually was.
If you read Pauls's first few letters in the bible (the later ones are forgeries) you will find, as you reread all 4 gospels, he had a very different idea of who Christ was/is. His is not a flesh and blood Christ, just for starters. The 4 canonical (accepted) gospels were written in pieces from different sources, rewritten, edited, added to, glossed over, over decades.
Read The Jesus Mysteries
by Freke and Gandy for more on this.
For more than the canonical gospels, dip into the Other Bible
. There were dozens of gospels, proto-Xtian, Jewish and Greek "pagan," circulating in the early centuries CE that were believed and followed by early Christian sects (gnostics such as Marcionites and Valentinians) that were damned as heretical in the 4th century CE by the Roman Church, just b/c they didn't fit the party line (which was involved in power [as in: world domination], money and male dominance).
General page on early Christianities, esp as informed by the discovery of ancient Xtian texts discovered at Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945:http://home.epix.net/~miser17/Thomas.html
Gospel of Mary (ie: the Magdalene)http://www.gnosis.org/library/marygosp.htm
Gospel of Philip:http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/gop.html
The Protevangelion (or Infancy Gospel) of James:http://www.gutenberg.net/etext04/fb02w11.txt
Gospel of Thomas:http://www.misericordia.edu/users/da...omas/Trans.htm
Before "The Way", there were thousands of years of history of religions based upon a god who died and rose again. The first historical record is that of Isis and Osiris of Egypt, but there were hundreds more, esp in the last few centuries BCE. Look here:http://home.earthlink.net/~pgwhacker/ChristianOrigins/
Whew! That should get you started, lady!