When I read “most scholars” in this context I know that most likely we are dealing with the Westar group who like to think they are “scholars.” The movement was started by a man named Funk as a response to the political religious right that developed in the 1980’s in support of Reagan.
Today, they hold gatherings at various cities around the country where their members have lots of books to sell. I went to a “Jesus Seminar” once and what they consider scholarship is very suspect. One theme that ran through a lot of the presentations was that the Romans crucified Jesus because he represented a threat to their cult of Augustus. They tend to downplay the role of Second Temple High Priesthood in Jesus’ death and the subsequent persecution of the Nazarenes.