Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century

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This book applies the work of Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, Edward Said and several others on international politics and the supportive role of the media, intellectuals and academics to contemporary Christian origins and New Tesfament scholarship.

Author Biography

James G. Crossley is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Sheffield. His recent publications include The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity (2004) and Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins 26-50ce (2006).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. x
Prefacep. xiii
Christian Origins and New Testament Studies in Ideologically and Historically Contaminated Contextsp. 1
Introduction: Reading the History of New Testament and Christian Origins Scholarshipp. 3
Manufacturing Consent: Christian Origins Scholarship in Contextp. 3
Confessional Context of Christian Origins Scholarshipp. 9
The Dominance and Influence of Pre-war German New Testament Scholarshipp. 14
The Cold Warp. 17
Conclusionp. 19
The Politics of the Bibliobloggersp. 20
Iraq, the Middle East, and the "War on Terror"p. 25
The Myth of Unique Sufferingp. 31
Some of my Best Friends Are...p. 36
Israel/Palestinep. 41
Politics and Constructing Biblical Studiesp. 48
Conclusionsp. 51
Selected Unedited Excerpts from the Now Defunct Dr Cathey's Blog for Purposes of Referencep. 53
Joseph Cathey, "War on Terror, President Bush, and World War II" (August 31, 2005)p. 53
Joseph Cathey, "Guns Not Evil!" (August 30, 2005)p. 54
Joseph Cathey, "A Civil Service Message for Preparedness!" (November 4, 2005)p. 54
Joseph Cathey, "Children and Firearms!" (November 4, 2005)p. 54
Neo-Orientalism: Orientalism, Hideously Emboldenedp. 57
The Context: A Clash of Civilizations?p. 59
Introduction: Clashing Civilizations, a New Threat, and Christian Originsp. 59
The Dominant, Influential and Problematic Ideology of Clashing Civilizationsp. 67
"War on Terror" and Ignoring the Details I: "The Geraldo Rivera of the NYT" and the Complexities of Arab, Muslim and Islamic Violencep. 77
"War on Terror" and Ignoring the Details II: The Ideologically Convenient Atheism of Sam Harrisp. 82
Related Scholarship and the Language of Cultural Differencep. 90
"If We Step on an Ant While Walking, We Have Not Purposely Killed It": Some Gruesome Results of Stereotyping and Dehumanizingp. 94
Concluding Remarksp. 99
Anglo-American Power and Liberal Scholarship: Scholarly Reconstructions of the Social World of Christian Originsp. 101
New Testament Scholarship and the Rhetoric of Grand Differencep. 101
Anthropology in the Study of the New Testament and Christian Originsp. 110
Are You with Us or against Us?p. 128
Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Ideological Significance of Dismissing Dissent without Argumentp. 135
Conclusionsp. 141
"Jewishness," Jesus and Christian Origins Since 1967p. 143
The Context: Judaism and Christianity; Israel and the Westp. 145
"Jesus the Jew" since 1967p. 145
The Importance of Israel and Support for Israeli State Policy in Post-1967 Western Politicsp. 147
The Rise of Christian Zionism and their Agenda in Anglo-American Political Circlesp. 152
Mud Sticks: Higher Education and Discrediting, Misleading concerning and/or Lying about Nadia Abu el-Hajp. 161
Conclusionsp. 172
Jewish...but Not That Jewishp. 173
Israel, Biblical Studies and Cultural Contextp. 173
Jesus the Jew...to an Extentp. 177
Christology and the Study of Christian Origins: Rescuing Judaism for Jesusp. 186
An Asymmetrical Special Relationshipp. 189
Conclusionsp. 193
Conclusionp. 195
Rip It Up and Start Again: The Intellectual and Moral Failings of Academicsp. 195
Notesp. 200
Bibliographyp. 238
Index of Referencesp. 257
Index of Namesp. 259
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