First, I don't read the Bible as fact or history, just as a compilation of writings composed over a period of years by many people in many places.
Secondly, I don't consider the Bible authoritative on anything. I'm not at all convinced that Jesus as we know him was a real person, though it's possible that he's an amalgam of various religious, mythological, and even perhaps real people... a personage who evolved with the telling, the composing, and the dialogues and discussions of many groups, from grass roots sects to high church councils.
Thirdly, I've done a search, and everything I'm finding supports my idea as stated in the first post... that Jesus is something of a composite of older or other religious figures such as Horus, Mithra, Krishna, etc., and something of a Jewish-Roman creation.
About haloes... did I ever say or imply that the word halo was used in the Bible? Sheesh.
I'm starting to feel a bit spammed and disrespected by your incessant, difficult to discuss, posts. I would like others to feel comfortable discussing these issues as well.
Also, I don't respect Holding as a source at all. He's too biased as an evangelical bible thumping Christian.