A 'Very' Self-Conscious Jesus

Trying to Take Responsiblity


  • Ian H. Henderson McGill University




James Crossley, historical Jesus studies, ideology


Beside his scholarly contributions to understanding Jesus, early Christian discourses and Jewish law, James Crossley has developed an influential toolkit for critical reflection on the unavoidable ideological embededness of scholarshp on Jesus. Most recently he has exposed the deep permeation of historical studies of Jesus with the neoliberal discourse in which scholars and their institutions operate. Crossley provides a compelling mirror for his readers, but cannot entirely guide us as to why we choose to look and what we hope and fear to see there.

Author Biography

Ian H. Henderson, McGill University

Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University.


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--- 2013a. “A Very Jewish Jesus: Perpetuating the Myth of Superiority.” Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 11:109-29.

--- 2013b. “Everybody's Happy Nowadays? A Critical Engagement with Key Events and Contemporary Quests for the Historical Jesus.” Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, 11:224-41.

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How to Cite

Henderson, I. (2014). A ’Very’ Self-Conscious Jesus: Trying to Take Responsiblity. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 43(3), 9–16. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v43i3.9