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Chris Keith On the Literacy of Jesus

May 14, 2012

Over at New Testament Perspectives, Matthew Montonini interviews Chris Keith about Jesus’ literacy. In his dissertation, Keith examined the description of Jesus stooping to write in the dirt in the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53 – 8:11), and argued that the Fourth Gospel depicts Jesus as literate. In the present book, he argues that Jesus was a “scribal illiterate,” and, according to the interview, proposes a new way of understanding literacy in the historical situation in first century Judea. I haven’t read the book yet but I have read Keith’s article in the recent book edited by Anthony LeDonne and Tom Thatcher. His thesis is quite interesting. Check out the interview if you get a chance.

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  1. May 15, 2012 2:35 am

    Hey Chris- Thanks for the plug. I really enjoyed doing this interview. I hope that those who have not been exposed to his work will now do so.

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