The study of Jesus has rarely looked at its own scholarly context, at how the representation of Jesus might be shaped by those who study him. 'Jesus beyond Nationalism' examines how - since the beginnings of historical Jesus studies in the nineteenth century - representations of Jesus have been used to promote hegemonic or mono-cultural views. The ideology behind such representation has operated to deny difference in society, difference in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Examining depictions of Jesus in a range of contexts - from the Russian Christ and Jesus as 'Holy Anarchist' to Jesus in Muslim thought - Jesus Beyond Nationalism reveals the politics behind the ways in which Jesus has been constructed and presented.
Halvor Moxnes lectures in New Testament in the Department of Theology at the University of Oslo. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters and is active in international scholarly organizations. Among his numerous publications are Putting Jesus in his Place: A Radical Vision of Household and Kingdom (2003) and (ed.) Constructing Early Christian Families (1997). His main research interests include the New Testament and Early Christianity in the cultural context of the Mediterranean in Antiquity, the history of interpretation of the historical Jesus in modern societies, and gender and masculinity studies in religion.Ward Blanton lectures in New Testament in the Dept of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is author of Displacing Christian Origins: Philosophy, Secularity, and the New Testament (2007) and he is currently working on a book about political and mystical bodies in Paul, Schweitzer, and Bataille. His research interests include New Testament studies in relation to questions of religion, secularity and the political, particularly as these have been understood by continental philosophy and critical theory. James G. Crossley lectures in New Testament in the Dept of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. His publications include Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins 26-50 CE (2006) and (ed. with C. Karner), Writing History, Constructing Religion (2005). He has recently completed a book on New Testament scholarship in the context of Anglo-American foreign policy, Projects for a New American Century: New Testament Scholarship in an Age of Terror (forthcoming). His main research interests include early Judaism, historical Jesus, social history of Christian origins, the political contexts of scholarship, and the New Testament in contemporary politics and popular culture.