Let's start with a piece of evidence little quoted on this issue. Acts 25:13-20 tells us of a Roman official, a few decades after Jesus' life, who had not heard of him. In fact, this official has no idea how to deal with the story that there was a man called Jesus who died and rose from the dead. It’s news to him. So what's going on here?
There is good reason for inquiring about what the biblical gospels say here. It's this: some sceptics wonder why a miracle-working teacher of wonderful things was not famous enough to get mentioned by more first century writers. This scepticism can be based on only one thing: that the gospels do indeed portray a miracle-working teacher, and this contributes to the premise of the objection. On that basis, we can start only by examining the premise of the objection. That means we have to see what the gospels really say in regard to the reputation of a miracle-working teacher. Whether one rates the veracity of the gospels high or low makes no difference to the test: the gospels picture contributes to the premise of the objection, and so their role in the premise itself has to be investigated.