Much myth has been constructed about the actual history of Jesus. We can, however, refer back to Roman Court records as well as Jewish, Greek and Roman historians to reconstruct the actual events leading to the execution of Jesus.
Yeshua of Nazareth (a.k.a. Jesus the Nazarene) was a leader of one of the many dissident Judaic factions. Although his following was relatively small and of short duration, Jesus himself had a way of persuading almost anybody to join his group. He was indeed a powerful public speaker. His group found themselves in direct competition with the much larger groups such as the Sadducee, Pharisees, Essenes, Zealots and the followers of John (the Baptist). The philosophy of Jesus was based heavily on the teachings of Hillel, a rabbi who lived about 60 years prior to the birth of Jesus.
At the time that Jesus was active, Judea fell under Roman occupation. Roman law was very strict regarding insurrection and treason. There was only one punishment for these crimes - crucifiction. Preventing, or in any way hindering Cesar from his collection of tax was considered insurrection. In March of the year 33, Jesus `attacked' the merchants in the Temple. The result of this disruption of trade was that tax could not be levied on sales. Jesus was charged, and found guilty, of insurrection in April 33. He was executed by crucifiction three days later.
Saul, a Jewish born lawyer, found himself in a dire financial position when, due to the decree that only natural born Roman lawyers were allowed to practise law in Rome itself, gathered together a group of businessmen, equally effected by these decrees, changed his name to Paul and took to creating a new business orientated religion, as described in the prefix. He based his story on the life of the Nazarene believing that, due to the Jews inability to read the actual reports, nobody would question the myth.