The story of the rejected misfit whose very weakness becomes the strength that saves the community was believed to be an historical feature of the gospels devoted to Jesus of Nazareth. Scholars have suggested that certain Greek, mandean and Palestinean sources might have influenced the telling of the Jesus story. Few thought that expcted that a popular 20th century Christmas fable could have been formative in the consrtruction of the Christian infancy narrative.
But archaeologists found documents from the 1st century bce that prove that a type of Rudolph story was circulation throughout the middle east as the gospels were forming. The main character of the fable of course was not a reindeer. The manuscripts record a tale of a camel named Jeshua who is born without a hump. All of the other camels used to call him names and they never let poor Jeshua join in any humping games.
That is until the day of the great landslide which trapped all of the camels. None could fit throught the small hole left in the rubble...except Jeshua who squeezed through to freedom and returned after three days to free his tormentors. Then all of the camels loved and they shouted out with glee, Jeshua the humpless camel , you'll go down in history.
Many now believe that the Ur- Rudolph fable gave rise to the myth of a baby conceived without a hump, rejected and persecuted who went on to become the Savior of the World.