A new book by James Crossley has just been announced. Jesus in an Age of Neoliberalism
… looks at the ideological trends underpinning scholarly and popular quests for the historical Jesus. The book focuses particularly on the context and influence of neoliberalism and related cultural and political concerns, notably postmodernism, multiculturalism and liberal masking of power. Topics covered include the dubious periodisation of the quest for the historical Jesus, ‘biblioblogging,’ Jesus the ‘Great Man’ and western individualism, image conscious Jesus scholarship, the ‘Jewishness’ of Jesus and the multicultural Other, evangelical and ‘mythical’ Jesuses in economic contexts, and examples of contradictions between personal beliefs and dominant ideological trends in the construction of historical Jesuses.
It looks great doesn’t it? Well, it is. I had a chance to read an early draft and found it brilliantly done. It will surely be a conversation starter.