saron mahari asks in Start a New Thread:
explain why we call the gospels [portraits] of jesus and not his biographies
I’ll be interested to see what others say, but I don’t personally find this question to be controversial (if indeed that was the intent of the post). It seems to me that an assertion that the Gospels are portraits is not necessarily an admission that the Gospels are not historical, it’s merely an assertion that their purpose is not to report all aspects of Jesus’ life or even His ministry. As portraits, they report events that are typical to Jesus’ life and ministry, for the purpose of telling us who Jesus was and what His ministry was about.