We all know that Jesus was called Jesus of Nazareth, meaning that he was from a place called Nazareth.
This comes, seemingly, from a misunderstanding of the term Nazarene. Matthew makes it pretty clear where this comes from.
21So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."[/quote:f877a131f6]
...you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel…[/quote:f877a131f6]
This was already a part of the Markian story though.
66While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.
"You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus," she said.[/quote:f877a131f6]
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
12At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, 13and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.[/quote:f877a131f6]
Now, we also know that there is no evidence for a place called Nazareth until some time in the 3rd or 4th century, and indeed we have several lists of cities of Galilee that do not contain this town from prior to that time.
So, if Mark made up a fictional place where Jesus came from, isn’t this a dead giveaway of an intentional allegory?
Either Mark was confused and misunderstood the meaning of Nazirite, thinking that a Nazirite was someone from Nazareth, which I don’t think is likely, or he intentionally created the fictional Nazareth using a play on words, as authors often do in allegorical histories.
If this is true, and can be supported with any significant weight, this this alone points to Mark as pseudo-history and his Jesus as fictional.