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They consolidated power in the most SEPARATIST religion they could control. They had ‘control’ over the jesus character, but not control over the god character. So they chose the most useful storyline: the one with no competitors, and such that they could ‘parasite’ upon existing ‘god’.
ie: Jesus is a parasitic character on the narrative history of gods, taking his legitimacy from a god, but unbound by the previous (really horrible semitic) god.
They couldn’t make him a god, but wanted him to have the power of a god. So they made a parasitic character dependent upon these gods.
This provided the priests with the control they needed to displace not only the previous religions, but through mass militant adoption, the aristocratic peoples (military and law) with a priesthood.