John Dominic Crossan is professor of biblical studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the bestselling author of many books, including The Historical Jesus, The Birth of Christianity, Excavating Jesus, and In Search of Paul.
"Anyone concerned with the rising tide of anti-Semitism, anyone fascinated by the origins of Christianity, and anyone who likes a good mystery will love this book."-- Susannah Heschel, Case Western Reserve University, author of "On Being a Jewish Feminist""A book sure to generate both conversation and controversy . . . well argued and highly readable.""-- Publishers Weekly""[An] extraordinary book . . . [Crossan] pleads for the reevaluation of the passion stories, which have caused such animus toward Jews for the past 2,000 years. An excellent study.""--Library Journal""Intellectually convincing and brilliantly written. It is essential reading."--Arthur Hertzberg, professor emeritus, Dartmouth College; author of "The Jews in America"