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.
HIs latest study, 'The Lost Narrative of Jesus', rediscovers the origin of one of the most puzzling passages in the New Testament and shows the first of the gospels, Mark, in an entirely new light.