Chris Keith, Jesus Against the Scribal Elite, and Historical Jesus Scholarship

Chris Keith (blog; teaching post) is a writing machine and he is asking very insightful question in Historical Jesus Scholarship. Each year I ask, what is coming out this year by Keith? His texts are, for historical Jesus scholarship, ones that need to be frequently referenced for he is slowly influencing a field prime for change.

Here are group of videos Baker Academic Press posted about his new book Jesus Against the Scribal Elite (see here). This brief video will hopefully give you glimpse at the question he is asking and how it is a unique question.

How Did the Controversy Begin?

Memory, Literacy, and the Historical Jesus

Literacy in the Context of Jesus’ Ministry

The Gospels on Jesus’ Literacy

Jesus against the Scribal Elite in the Classroom

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Recently, I had the opportunity to read and review Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity in Midwestern Journal of Theology 13, no. 1. Here are a few lines from my review.

Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne, editors and contributors, compiled a team of writers to contribute to Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity. Inundated with books flowing from the peaks of historiography and criteria of authenticity, I hope this book surfaces among the multitudes to land on the desks of those interested in or involved with historical Jesus research.

Historical Jesus researchers would be amiss if they fail to engage this source. Current students engaging in historiography, the Synoptic Problem, or anyone favoring traditional historical criteria ought to engage this source for continued historical refinement and methodological modification. Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity, in my estimation, will be the first of many in a post-modern era calling into question a modernist discipline.

 

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