Video: Chris Keith on Memory, the Gospels, and the Historical Jesus

The Gospels on Jesus’ Literacy

Memory, Literacy, and the Historical Jesus

Cover ArtAbout the Book: How did the controversy between Jesus and the scribal elite begin? We know that it ended on a cross, but what put Jesus on the radar of established religious and political leaders in the first place? In Jesus against the Scribal Elite, Chris Keith argues that, in addition to concerns over what Jesus taught and perhaps even how he taught, a crucial aspect of the rising conflict concerned his very status as a teacher.

Addressing an overlooked aspect in Jesus studies, this fresh and provocative work is the first book-length treatment of the origins of the controversy between Jesus and the scribal authorities. It exposes the broader significance of Keith’s highly regarded technical work on the literacy of Jesus.

“[A] stimulating and creative proposal about the origins of tensions between Jesus and the scribal elite. Keith emphasizes Jesus’s social status as a key contributing factor in these tensions….[W]ell worth reading.” – Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburgh

“Chris Keith is one of the leading scholars of literacy in Christian antiquity, especially as it relates to the historical Jesus…. Clearly written and coherently argued, this will be a book for scholar and layperson alike.” – Bart D. Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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