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Jesus’ Literacy. Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee. With a foreword by D. C. Allison, Jr.
London u. a.: T & T Clark International (Bloomsbury) 2011. 242 S. = The Library of New Testament Studies, 413. Geb. US$ 100,00. ISBN 978-0-567-11972-8.
In his monograph Chris Keith applies what he calls the »Jesus-Memory approach«, a methodology based on social memory theory, to the question of Jesus’ literacy. K.’s study, impressive in both its precise exegetical analyses and compelling argumentation, is divided into five analytical chapters with a short introductory chapter and a concluding summary: Chapter 1 (8–26) presents the history of research and highlights that scholars claim both that Jesus was literate as well as that he was illiterate by appealing to biblical texts or the socio-historical context of first century Galilee. In Chapter 2 (27–70) K. expounds his methodological approach to the problem of the literacy/illiteracy dichotomy with the help of social memory theory over against the dominant approach of ...
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