James Crossley is currently on the staff at the University of Sheffield, and has earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham. His thesis was published as The Date of Mark’s Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity (2004). He has also published Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins (2006) and co-edited Writing History, Constructing Religion (2005) with C. Karner. He has since been working on a wide range of subjects, including the emergence of scholarly views on ‘Jesus the Jew’ in relation to Western cultural and political shifts, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and biblical criticism, and secular approaches to biblical studies. He also serves as co-editor of the Biblical World Series for Equinox in the U.K.