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Was the film supposed to be an allegorical piece in which Josey symbolized Jesus?

Upon my most recent re-watch of the film, the notion of the story being a allegorical tale that featured Josey symbolizing Jesus is something that came into my mind. First off - Josey's look is something that is similar to the common depiction of Jesus (long hair and a beard). Secondly, the way Josey becomes an older brother figure to lots of folks who join his group really seemed to point to the supposed symbolism also - especially seeing as how the folks who join his group along the journery are people who would have been considered outcasts and pariahs in that era. Also, there is something about the ending that makes me think of Jesus ascending into heaven after being crucified.

Am I the only one who thinks this?