Peter Cresswell graduated as a social anthropologist from Cambridge University and did a post graduate degree in sociology at York.
After a varied career, he has in recent years turned his attention to New Testament analysis. His first books in this field, 'Censored Messiah' and 'Jesus the terrorist', put the development of Christianity into context and identified a messianic movement, a family of zealots, of which Jesus was a part.
He has argued, controversially, that the activities of this movement extended into the first Jewish uprising. In these books, he has also developed the analysis of the text to uncover an underlying Jewish narrative.
More recently, with 'The Invention of Jesus', he has contributed a complete reassessment of the function and interrelationship of the earliest complete versions of the New Testament, Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, and shown how the early Church modified these and other texts to fit with its doctrines.
In the 'The Lost Narrative of Jesus', he has rediscovered the origin of one of the most puzzling passages in the New Testament and shown the first of the gospels, Mark, in an entirely new light.
His latest book. 'Lost Line of the High Priest Joseph' demonstrates how Christian writers borrowed from, and freely adapted, their sources. The author unravels the resulting errors and confuson to show something of the truth behind doctrine and part of aJewish history that had been lost.