I downloaded Chris Keith’s newest book Jesus Against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict courtesy of Baker Academic. My list of books needing review is a bit backlogged, so it may be a while before I get to it, but I really wanted to read it so I downloaded it when the opportunity arose! Here is the blurb:

How did the controversy between Jesus and the scribal elite begin? We know that it ended on the cross, but what put Jesus on the radar of established religious and political leaders in the first place? 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.