What do we know about Jesus of Nazareth as absolute? Jesus was a real Jewish boy born to a Jewish mother during the Roman occupation of Palestine. He grew up in Nazareth in the Galilee area. sometime in the early first century between 6 BCE-30 CE. John the Baptist baptized Jesus before he began to teach about a kingdom. After his death on the cross, his followers or disciples proclaimed that he had risen from the dead. There is a general respect for this good man Jesus from all religious and non-religious people. The Jesus of history is the most studied historical individual, since more has been written about him than any other person. Most people whether they believe in Jesus as a religious figure or not, hold these simple verifiable generic facts.