Chris Keith

Contact Details

Email: chris.keith@stmarys.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8240 4159

Teaching and Learning Profile

Prof Chris Keith Inaugural Lecture

 

Chris Keith (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary's.

He is the author of The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus (Brill, 2009), Jesus’ Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2011), and Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict (Baker Academic, 2014).

He is also the co-editor (with Larry W Hurtado) of Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels (2011), co-editor (with Anthony Le Donne) of Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity (T&T Clark, 2012), and co-editor (with Dieter T. Roth) of Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism: Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015). He has published academic essays in journals such as Journal of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Early Christianity, Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, New Testament Studies, Novum Testamentum, Journal of Theological Studies, and Biblica.

He is also a contributor to the New Cambridge History of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (de Gruyter).  His current projects include The Gospel as Manuscript: A Select History of the Jesus Tradition as Material Artifact (Oxford University Press), the Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media (co-edited with Tom Thatcher, Ray Person, and Elsie Stern, T&T Clark/Bloomsbury), and The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries (co-edited with Helen K. Bond and Jens Schröter, T&T Clark/Bloomsbury).

Additionally Prof Keith serves as the editor of the Library of New Testament Studies monograph series (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury).  He also serves as the co-editor of the Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries monograph series (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury) with Helen K. Bond and Jens Schröter.

Prof Keith is a recipient of the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise (2010), Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award (2012), and a recipient of research grants from the Memoria Romana Project (2011) and British Academy/Leverhulme Foundation (2013).  He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

Prof Keith encourages potential PhD applicants to contact him.

Research

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • PhD New Testament and Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh, 2008
  • MDiv New Testament, Cincinnati Christian University, 2005
  • MA New Testament, Cincinnati Christian University, 2005
  • BS Biblical Studies, Cincinnati Christian University, 2002

External Involvement (Consultancy, Professional Bodies and External Examining):

  • Editor, Library of New Testament Studies monograph series, T&T Clark (2014–Present)
  • Co-editor, Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries monograph series, T&T Clark (2013–Present)
  • Chair, Bible in Ancient and Modern Media SBL Session (2012–2014); Steering Committee (2011–Present)
  • Chair, Jesus and Gospels Seminar of the British New Testament Conference (2013–Present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (2002–Present)
  • Catholic Biblical Association (2011–Present)
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (2013–Present)
  • Consulting Editor, Stone-Campbell Journal (2012–Present)
  • Co-organizer, 2012 Jesus Conference, Dayton, OH
  • Organizer, 2014 Evil Conference, London, UK
  • Co-organizer, 2015 Cities of God? Conference, London, UK

Awards and Grants:

  • 2015 Experienced Researcher Award (£1,000)
  • 2013 British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (£3,540)
    Award-winning project: “The Reception of the Jesus Tradition in the First Three Centuries” (principal investigator with co-investigators Helen K. Bond and Jens Schröter)
  • 2013 Experienced Researcher Award (£1,000)
    Award-winning essay:  “The Indebtedness of the Criteria Approach to Form Criticism and Recent Attempts to Rehabilitate the Search for an Authentic Jesus”
  • 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award ($1,000)
    Award-winning paper: “The Synoptic Debate over Jesus the Synagogue Teacher”
  • 2011 Max-Planck International Research Stipend—Memoria Romana Project (€3,000)
    Max-Planck Society and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Rühr-Universität Bochum and University of Texas, Austin
    Award-winning project:  “The Persecution of Memory: Christians and Their Books under Diocletian”
  • 2011 Central States SBL Regional Scholar ($250)
  • 2011 Outstanding Faculty Research Award ($1,000)
    Award-winning publication:  The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus
  • 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise ($20,000)
    Forschungszentrum Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie, Universität Heidelberg
    Award-winning publication:  The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus
  • 2009 Outstanding Faculty Research Award ($1,000)
    Award-winning publication: “‘In My Own Hand’: Grapho-Literacy and the Apostle Paul”

Publications

Books:

  • The Gospel as Manuscript: A Select History of the Jesus Tradition as Material Artifact.  New York: Oxford University Press, under contract.
  • Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Jesus’ Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee.  Library of Historical Jesus Studies 8/Library of New Testament Studies 413.  London: T&T Clark, 2011.
  • The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus.  New Testament Tools, Studies, and Documents 38.  Leiden: Brill, 2009.

Edited Books:

  • Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity.  Co-edited with Loren T. Stuckenbruck.  Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming 2015.
  • The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries.  Co-edited with Helen K. Bond and Jens Schröter.  3 vols.  London: T&T Clark, forthcoming.
  • Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media.  Co-edited with Tom Thatcher, Raymond Person, and Elsie Stern.  2 vols.  London: T&T Clark, forthcoming.
  • Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism: Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado.  Co-edited with Dieter T. Roth.  Library of New Testament Studies 528.  London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014.
  • Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity.  Co-edited with Anthony Le Donne.  London: T&T Clark, 2012.
  • Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels.  Co-edited with Larry W. Hurtado.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.

Journal Articles:

  • “The Competitive Textualization of the Jesus Tradition in John 20:30–31 and 21:24–25.”  Catholic Biblical Quarterly (2016): forthcoming.
  • “The Oddity of the Reference to Jesus in Acts 4:13b.”  Journal of Biblical Literature (2016): forthcoming.
  • “Social Memory Theory and Gospels Research: The First Decade Part One.”  Early Christianity 6.4 (2015): forthcoming.
  • “Social Memory Theory and Gospels Research: The First Decade Part Two.”  Early Christianity 6.5 (2015): forthcoming.
  • “On the Pericope Adulterae: A Response to J. Keith Elliott.”  Journal of Theological Studies (2013): available here.
  •  “Memory and Authenticity: Jesus Tradition and What Really Happened.”  Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 102.2 (2011): 155–77.
  •  “The Markan Portrayal of Jesus’ Identity.”  Leaven 19.1 (2011): 20–24.
  • “The Claim of John 7.15 and the Memory of Jesus’ Literacy.”  New Testament Studies 56.1 (2010): 44–63.
  • “The Initial Location of the Pericope Adulterae in Fourfold Tradition.”  Novum Testamentum 51.3 (2009): 209–31.
  • “‘In My Own Hand’: Grapho-Literacy and the Apostle Paul.”  Biblica 89.1 (2008): 39–58.
  • “Recent and Previous Research on the Pericope Adulterae (John 7.53–8.11).”  Currents in Biblical Research 6.3 (2008): 377–404.
  • “The Role of the Cross in the Composition of the Markan Crucifixion Narrative.”  Stone-Campbell Journal 9.1 (2006): 61–75.

Essays and Book Chapters:

  • “‘The Scriptures are Divine Charms’: Evil, Books, and Textuality in Early Christianity.”  In Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity.  Edited by Chris Keith and Loren T. Stuckenbruck.  Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament series 2. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming 2015.
  • “The Pericope Adulterae: A Theory of Attentive Insertion.”  In the published proceedings of the 2014 Pericope Adulterae Conference.  Edited by David Alan Black.  Forthcoming.
  • “Early Christian Book Culture and the Emergence of the First Written Gospel.”  Pages 22–39 in Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism: Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado.  Edited by Chris Keith and Dieter T. Roth.  Library of New Testament Studies 528.  London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014.
  •  “Prolegomena on the Textualization of Mark’s Gospel: Manuscript Culture, the Extended Situation, and the Emergence of Written Gospels.”  Pages 159–84 in Memory and Identity in Ancient Israel and Early Christianity: A Conversation with Barry Schwartz.  Edited by Tom Thatcher.  Semeia Studies 78.  Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, forthcoming 2014.
  •  “The Scribes of John 8.3: Mirror Characterization of Jesus and His Opponents by an Early Reader of John’s Gospel.”  Pages 403–406 in Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to the Major and Minor Figures in John.  Edited by Steve Hunt, Fracois Tolmie, and Ruben Zimmermann.  Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 314.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming 2013.
  • “Writing and Book Production in the Hellenistic and Roman Period.”  Co-authored with Larry W. Hurtado.  In The New Cambridge History of the Bible: From the Beginnings to 600.  Edited by James Carleton Paget and Joachim Schaper.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013.
  • “John 7:53–8:11: The Story of the Woman Caught in Adultery.”  In Bible Odyssey.  Edited by Nicola Denzey Lewis.  Forthcoming online project by the Society of Biblical Literature.
  • “The Indebtedness of the Criteria Approach to Form Criticism and Recent Attempts to Rehabilitate the Search for an Authentic Jesus.”  Pages 25–70 in Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity.  Edited by Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne.  London: T&T Clark, 2012.
  • “The Fall of the Quest for an Authentic Jesus: Concluding Remarks.”  Pages 200–205 in Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity.  Edited by Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne.  London: T&T Clark, 2012.
  • “Jesus Outside and Inside the Gospels.”  Pages 1–31 in Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels.  Edited by Chris Keith and Larry W. Hurtado.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • “Seeking the Historical Jesus among Friends and Enemies.”  Pages 269–88 in Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels.  Edited by Chris Keith and Larry W. Hurtado.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • “The Scar of the Cross: The Violence Ratio and the Earliest Christian Memories of Jesus.”  Co-authored with Tom Thatcher.  Pages 197–214 in Jesus, the Voice, and the Text: Beyond The Oral and the Written Gospel.  Edited by Tom Thatcher.  Waco: Baylor University Press, 2008.
  • “American versus British Ph.D. Programs: Three Doctoral Students Reflect on Their Decisions.”  Co-authored with Charles J. Otte and Dieter T. Roth.  SBL Forum 5.7 (2007): available here.
  • “Applying for Doctoral Work When You’re from a Small School.”  SBL Forum 4.5 (2006): available here.

Contributions to Reference Works

  • “Joses,” “Last Words of Jesus New Testament,” “Lawyer New Testament,” “Legion New Testament,” “Lord’s Prayer New Testament.”  In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.  Edited by Dale C. Allison, Jr. et al.  Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming.
  • “Introduction” (co-authored with Raymond Person), “Literacy,” “Text-broker.”  In Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media.  Edited by Tom Thatcher et al.  London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, forthcoming.
  • “Literacy, New Testament.”  Oxford Bibliographies, forthcoming.
  • “Manuscript History and John 8:1–11.”  SBL Bible Odyssey.  Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014: available here.

Reviews:

  • Over 35 books reviews in the following journals:  Biblical Theology Bulletin; Catholic Biblical Quarterly; Expository Times; Journal of Theological Studies; Religious Studies Review; Restoration Quarterly; Stone-Campbell Journal; Studies in World Christianity.

Popular/Ecclesial Publications:

  • “Why Some Corporate Practices Should Have a Home in the Church.”  Co-authored with J. Andrew Keith.  Christian Standard, August 29, 2010: available here.
  • “Christians in the Workplace: The Pastoral Call of Corporate Leaders.”  Co-authored with J. Andrew Keith.  Christian Standard, August 15, 2010: available here.

Publications in Other Fields:

  • “CEO as Pastor?  Business Leaders Can Take a Pastoral Approach.”  Co-authored with J. Andrew Keith.  Business First, April 23, 2010: available here.
  • “Integrating IFAs and ICFs.”  Co-authored with J. Andrew Keith.  Construction Canada 51.4 (July 2009): 66–70.
  • “Integrated Framing and ICF Construction.”  Co-authored with J. Andrew Keith.  The Construction Specifier 61.12 (December 2008): 48–54.
  • “Integrated Framing Assemblies.”  Co-authored with J. Andrew Keith.  ICF Builder 4.5 (October/November 2008): 40–41.
  • “Integrated Framing Assemblies: A New Bridge for ICF Construction and the Door and Hardware Industry.”  Co-authored with J. Andrew Keith.  Doors and Hardware 72.9 (September 2008): 36–40.

Conference Presentations/Invited Lectures:

  • “The Public Reading of the Gospels in the Second Century.”  Invited paper for the Texts and Traditions in the Second Century Consultation of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  Atlanta, GA, November 21–24, 2015.
  • “Memory, Criteria, and the Historical Jesus.”  Invited paper for the Memory, Narrative, and Christology seminar of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.  Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 28–31, 2015.
  • “The Competitive Textualization of the Fourth Gospel (John 20:30–31 and 21:25).”  Invited paper for the John, Jesus, and History session of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  San Diego, CA, November 22–25, 2014.
  • “The Oddity of the Reference to Jesus in Acts 4.13b.”  Invited paper presented at the Biblical Studies seminar of the University of Sheffield.  Sheffield, England, March 17, 2014; also presented at the Biblical Studies Research Seminar of King’s College, London.  London, England, January 29, 2014.
  • “What’s Weird about the Reference to Jesus in Acts 4.13b?”  Invited paper presented at the Theological Society of Trinity College, Dublin.  Dublin, Ireland, March 3, 2014.
  • “The Past Approaching and Approaching the Past: The Contribution of Memory Studies to Historical Jesus Research.”  Invited paper presented at the Historical Jesus session of the Society of Biblical Literature.  Baltimore, MD, November 23–26, 2013.
  • “Social Memory Theory and the Gospels: Assessing the First Decade.”  Inaugural lecture as Professor New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s University College.  Twickenham, England, October 16, 2013.
  • “Social-Scientific Interpretation as Social History.”  Invited response for the Social
  • Worlds of the New Testament seminar of the British New Testament Conference (co-panelists James Crossley and David Horrell).  St Andrews, Scotland, August 31, 2013.
  • “Response to Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing.”  Invited paper presented at Jesus and Gospels seminar of the British New Testament Conference.  St Andrews, Scotland, August 30, 2013.
  • “Social Memory Theory and the New Testament: The Past, Present, and Future of a New Methodology.”  Invited paper for the Social Worlds of the New Testament seminar of the British New Testament Conference.  St. Andrews, Scotland, August 30, 2013.
  • “Prolegomena on the Textualization of the Gospel of Mark.”  Paper presented at Synoptic Gospels session at the international Society of Biblical Literature meeting.  St. Andrews, Scotland, July10, 2013.
  • “On the Form-Critical Indebtedness of the Criteria Approach.”  Paper delivered at 2012 Jesus Conference.  Dayton, OH, October 4, 2012.
  • “Response to Dale Allison’s Autobiographical Study.”  Paper delivered at 2012 Jesus Conference, Dayton, OH, October 5, 2012.
  • “Why Jesus’ Identity as a Carpenter Was a Problem:  How Christians Dealt With It.” Invited lecture at Pepperdine Bible Lectures, Pepperdine University.  Malibu, CA, May 2, 2012.
  • “Literacy and the Historical Jesus”  Invited lecture UCLA Center for the Study of Religion.  Los Angeles, CA, April 30, 2012.
  • “What Did Jesus Really Do?  And How Do We Know?”  Invited lecture at Ohio Wesleyan University.  Delaware, OH, April 26, 2012.
  • “On the Writing (and Burning) of Mark.”  Invited lecture at Erinnerte und erzählte Geschichte, Workshop der Abrbeitsgruppe “Text und Geschichte” der Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Theologie, Johannes Gutenberg—Universität Mainz.  Mainz, Germany, March 29, 2012.
  • “The Literacy of the Historical Jesus in Light of Synoptic Disagreements.”  Invited lecture at University of Chicago Divinity School.  Chicago, IL, April 18, 2011.
  • “Memory versus Authenticity: Social Memory Theory and the Historical Jesus.”  Invited lecture at Yale University Divinity School.  New Haven, CT, April 12, 2011.
  • “The Synoptic Debate over Jesus the Synagogue Teacher.”  Paper presented at the Central States regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  St. Louis, MO, March 20, 2011; also accepted for Synoptic Gospels session of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  San Francisco, CA, November 2011.
  • “The Controversy of Jesus: Scribal Culture and the Threat of the Teacher from Galilee.”  2011 Frederick D. Kershner Lectures in New Testament, Emmanuel School of Religion.  Johnson City, TN, March 22–25, 2011.
  • “Could Jesus Read or Write?  Literacy and the Historical Jesus.”  Invited lecture at Butler University.  Indianapolis, IN, February 3, 2011.
  • “Memory, Jesus, and Early Christian Media Culture.”  Invited lecture in the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media session of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  Atlanta, GA, November 22, 2010.
  • “What Did Jesus Really Do?: Social Memory Theory and the Historical Jesus.”  Invited lecture at Western Kentucky University.  Bowling Green, KY, October 18, 2010.
  • “The Synoptic Debate over Jesus the Synagogue Teacher.”  Invited lecture at Cincinnati Christian University Biblical Studies Forum.  Cincinnati, OH, October 5, 2010.
  • “The Writing of Jesus in the Story of the Adulteress.”  Invited lecture at Cincinnati Christian University.  Cincinnati, OH, October 5, 2010.
  • “How Do We Know What Jesus Really Said or Did?”  Invited lecture at Eastern Kentucky University.  Richmond, Kentucky, September 21, 2010; Illinois Wesleyan University.  Bloomington, Illinois, September 27, 2010.
  • “Why We, as Christians, Must Study the Bible Critically.”  Invited lecture at Eastern Kentucky University.  Richmond, Kentucky, September 21, 2010.
  • “Jesus Tradition, Memory, and What Really Happened.”  Invited lecture for the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins at New College, University of Edinburgh.  Edinburgh, UK, May 13, 2010; also presented at Winners Colloquium for 2010 John Templeton Award at Forschungszentrum Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie, University of Heidelberg.  Heidelberg, Germany, May 8, 2010.
  • “Did Jesus ‘Know Letters’?: John 7.15 and the Historical Jesus.”  Paper presented at the Historical Jesus Session of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  New Orleans, November 23, 2009; also presented at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference.  Cincinnati, April 17, 2009.
  • “A Performance of the Text: The Adulteress’ Entrance into John’s Gospel.”  Paper presented at the Mapping Memory Consultation of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  San Diego, November 17, 2007.
  • “Grapho-Literacy and the Apostle Paul.”  Paper presented at the Paul and Pauline Literature Section of the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  Vienna, Austria, July 24, 2007.
  • “‘Sincerely Yours, Jesus’: Jesus as Author in the Pericope Adulterae and Early Christianity.”  Paper presented at the Research Seminar in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies and New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology.  New College, University of Edinburgh.  Edinburgh, March 2, 2007.
  • “Jesus and hoi grammateis: Scribal Literacy in John 7 and the Pericope Adulterae.”  Paper presented at the Johannine Literature Section of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  Washington, DC, November 21, 2006.
  • “An American Scholar Abroad: Doing a PhD in a Foreign Country.”  Presentation in the Student Lounge at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  Washington, DC, November 19, 2006.
  • “The Literacy of Jesus in the Pericope Adulterae.”  Paper presented to the Centre for the  Study of Christian Origins Student Research Seminar, University of Edinburgh.  Edinburgh, Scotland, September 5, 2006.
  • “The Role of the Cross in the Composition of the Markan Crucifixion Narrative.”  Paper presented at the annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference.  Cincinnati, OH, April 15, 2005; also presented at the annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Religion.  Delaware, OH, April 2, 2005; also presented at the Cincinnati Bible Seminary Biblical Studies Forum.  Cincinnati, OH, January 18, 2005.
  • “The Crucifixion and Resurrection in Acts: Social Memory, Violent Events, and Primitive Christology.”  Paper presented at the annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference.  Cincinnati, OH, March 26, 2004.

Research Languages

  • Hellenistic Greek
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Biblical Aramaic
  • Latin
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish