Celsus says: "Jesus' ignominious death ... had to be explained in a way that would allow the cult to continue, so they settled on the popular pagan idea of the rising god/man."
I believe this is true with respect to the Gentile mission. But I doubt that the Jerusalem sect (known as The Way in Acts) under James and Peter, who were devout Jews, would have any part in deifying Jesus. I'm not aware of any evidence to the contrary.
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