I recently heard from T&T Clark that my book on the literacy of the historical Jesus, Jesus’ Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee, will be out in paperback in March 2013. Based on some of the research in this book, I was named a 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar. The book itself is, to my knowledge, the first book-length study of the issue and one of the most systematic implementations of the “memory approach” in historical Jesus studies (in contrast to the “criteria approach”). It’s also the first study to forward the argument that, although Jesus likely was not scribal-literate, many of his contemporaries likely thought he was. As the paperback release draws near, I’ll post some more on the argument I forward in the book. We’ll also see if T&T Clark will let us have some copies to give away on the blog as well.