Several modern scholars doubt that a real Yeshua ben Yoseph lived but was rather a literary device, fiction if you will. Other sources maintain that yes there was someone like this person but much has been lost and distorted to create a history for certain followers and its religious influence on cultures in the region. A more cynical approach, if you will, comes from the victims of the 'propaganda' contained in the New Testament. Primarily those victims were the Jews.
Did 'Jesus' Yeshua ben Yoseph, if real, actually work as an Agent of the Roman Empire. Rome was of course the dominate military power of the time when Jesus is said to have lived. They had conquered the Palestine region and subjugated the indigenous peoples. Imagine losing your ancestral lands that went back over a thousand years. It is difficult for western minds to grasp ancestral lands. In America people relocate rather often whereas some villages in the Middle East and Europe date back thousands of years and the same families still live in their ancestral villages. So some sympathy is lost with respect to land ownership and heritage.
Along comes the Jesus character with some rather suspicious and strange messages for 'his people' the Jews.
Tell your people to be subservient to their conquerors
Pay the conquerors money for being your dictators
Blame your people for not getting along with their conquerors
Tell your people they are performing their religious duties and faith wrong
Tell your people their covenant with their god is no longer valid
Tell your people they have no place to worship with validity
Blame the death of the messanger on the victims of the conquerors
The Book Of Jewish Knowledge