1)... what evidence do you have for Hannibal's existence?
2-7)... I'm glad you agree that Jesus was based on a real person. That's comforting to know. So there is at least SOME evidence to lend credibility to the opinion of the vast majority of reputable and credentialed historians and scholars that a historical Jesus did exist... even if we (as you claim) can't know with complete accuracy about some of his supposed exploits.
So I would assume you would then join me in rejecting any claim and/or assertion that there is absolutely NO EVIDENCE for a historical Jesus.
Comparing evidence of Jesus to evidence of other figures, is a fallacy. It's a wonder Christians don't spot it sooner, but they keep rolling the argument out.
Say all the evidence about Hannibal was invented by some great forger in 500AD, and there was no archeological backup to the belief that he existed. Say all historical figures, prior to 1000AD were invented. I know that historians would spit their coffee all over their monitors, when I say this, but history is in the past, and has near zero relevance to anything in the future, besides academic interest.
If all history prior to 1000AD was an epic story, invented by UFO people, it would only be of interest, because we'd be interested in the UFO people and their motivations for this great conspiracy. It would truly be jaw dropping. Well, for a few days, at least. Not because we care about the past, but purely because it's radically different to what we perceived was a human invented past.
Various random human forgers could have had many impacts on our perceptions of the distant past. All of which is of little interest to anyone looking towards the future.However, the claim of Christians, is that Jesus has a direct impact on everyone's personal futures. Orthodox Christian Jesus is radically different to everyone else, in the past.
If we found out that Hannibal had hidden a nuclear bomb, somewhere under New York, THEN we'd suddenly be interested in the whether the accounts of him were real, to try to figure out where the bomb was. However, Hannibal is safely in our past.
If we found out that Hannibal had discovered the secret to time travel, and making gold and diamonds, THEN we'd be interested in whether the accounts were real, to try to figure out how to time travel and make gold. But, he didn't.
The fact is, it really doesn't functionally matter how faked-up our distant past is, if it has no relevance to the present and future.
It does matter whether the story of Orthodox Christian Jesus was faked up, and it has no comparison to other historical figures. You can only compare Jesus to other historical figures who claim to save us from hell, and be our personal saviours. There are some, but we dismiss them, due to our cultural bias. It is certainly not Nero or Hannibal.
There is a large motivation to fake up the books in the Bible. We can tell this from the plethora of faked-up works, that have been abandoned as apocrypha, or heresy. We can tell this from common sense. Anyone trying to get control of a sect, has an advantage, if they can fake themselves into power of that sect. That is to say, someone who said they saw Jesus alive, after he was dead, had more power than someone who has seen nothing. Someone who says that he had a vision of Jesus, on the way to Damascus, has more power than someone who didn't.
There are some advantages to faking up the actions of distant leaders, to gain control of territories, and justification to persecute groups who were supposedly hated by this person.
Appealing to my belief in Hannibal or Julius Caesar, is irrelevant, since any of it could have been faked, and has no relevance to my future. Our knowledge of the Caesars comes from one book by Tacitus. He could have made it up.
Christians are just pissing on their own shoes, implying that other historical figures could have been faked-up, because there is LESS motivation to fake up their history, than there is to fake Jesus' history up. ... AND we have no clue how much of the past HAS been faked up, if the forgers got away with it.
It is a dead parrot, non argument.
You can only compare Jesus with someone else, who has an infinite affect on my future. Who is that historical person?
If history is correct, then it's correct. If it's been faked, then it's fake. You can't make inferences from other histories (or my belief therof), especially when you don't know if they are fake, or how strong the motivation is to fake them up.