It's harder to see why they would think he was the Son of God and actually a divine person if he did not rise from the dead. That has always been the tricky part.
My guess is that he was someone quite brilliant in some ways as well as particularly charismatic, who made sense of the world he encountered as best he could with the tools he had available.
A deep moral philosopher made into a deity by his followers or by legendary accretion?A delusional mad man who spewed religio-apocalyptic utterances?A cunning and knowing charlatan?An advanced alien sent to "help" us mere humans?. . .etc. Who do you think he was, if not God?-AF----------formerly: wlcgeek; keegclw; and GodLovesU - Hopefully, fourth time's a charm when it comes to remembering login info.!
He was a charismatic, yet failed eschatological prophet who may have also performed miracles.
Anf after [27 CE] shall the Messiah be cut off, but not for himself
That's an interesting take. Why do you believe Jesus may have performed miracles?
Do you not believe that Jesus thought of Himself as God (rather than a prophet)?
Probably not would be my guess.