In an article on theater in Roman Palestine:
Batey also builds his case on Jesus’ usage of particular words. For instance, Jesus uses the Greek term hupokritas, or hypocrite, to criticize Jewish leaders, particularly the Pharisees. The word, McCollough says, is “virtually unknown in the Greek texts associated with first-century Palestine.” But it shows up regularly in the Gospels of the Bible. Hupokritas, he adds, “is most commonly understood to refer to an actor on the stage. … In one particularly striking passage, Matthew 6:16, Jesus attacks (the Jewish leaders) when they fast for making up their faces so as to appear to be distressed and ‘be seen by men.'” The consistent and unique use of hupokritas convinced Batey that Jesus had a first-hand knowledge of the dramatic actor.
“You get a conceptual sense of reality from the words Jesus used,” McCollough notes. “There is theater imagery is all over the place.
“Jesus had an understanding of Greek tragedy. … Maybe he (saw) himself as a Greek tragic hero.”