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? Chris Keith argues this an answer to that
question must go beyond typical explanations such as Jesus's alternative views
on Torah or his miracle working and consider his status as a teacher.
Keith examines Jesus' own likely educational background, and situates Jesus within his first-century context, showing readers that some of the tensions between Jesus and the scribal authorities may have originated in Jesus' own lack of formal education. Keith builds on his earlier work on Jesus' literacy and uses insights from memory theory and ancient media studies to consider how Jesus' actions and teachings may have specifically been seen to challenge an elitist scribal culture.
Chris Keith is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, UK. He is the author of The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John and the Literacy of Jesus, a winner of the 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, and Jesus' Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee. He is also the co-editor of Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels, and was recently named a 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar.
1.Teachers in the Time of Jesus
2.Jesus as Teacher in the Gospels
3.Assessing the Texts
4.Jesus and Scribal Literacy
5.The Content of the Conflict
6. The Emergence of the Conflict:
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