James G. Crossley is Senior Lecturer of New Testament studies at the University of Sheffield. He presently edits the BibleWorld series for Equinox Publishing, is on the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. In the past few years he has published a considerable number of books, articles, and chapters about the politics of historical Jesus scholarship. But his 2008 book Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century (Canadian Amazon, American Amazon) made quite a splash in particular and warranted its own review section at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.
He took some time to chat about the political subtexts of Jesus’ Judaism in recent scholarship, the pervasive denigration of Judaism in New Testament studies, and how the “we all have presuppositions” argument is a cop-out.
Craig Martin is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He recently published his first book, Masking Hegemony: A Genealogy of Liberalism, Religion, and the Private Sphere (US Amazon, Canadian Amazon) with Equinox Press. He is editor of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion and contributes at its blog. He took off some time for me to ask him a few questions related to Masking Hegemony, which was released at the close of 2010.