I’m happy to say that I’ve submitted the manuscript for a new book to Baker Academic entitled Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict (due out in 2014). To my knowledge, it’s the first book-length study dedicated to answering the question of how Jesus got on the authorities’ radars in the first place. I argue throughout the book that previous opinions on this issue that focus on Jesus’ different approach to the law or his exorcisms, miracles, and healings are not so much wrong as incomplete. Jesus was not the only person in Second Temple Judaism who disagreed with Pharisees and others on the law. He also was not the only performer of miraculous deeds. I argue instead that a central component of the initial emergence of the conflict is that Jesus’ very status as a teacher was debated. In other words, in addition to questioning the content of his teachings, they questioned whether he had the qualifications to be teaching in the first place. To a certain extent, this book is an outgrowth of my argument in Jesus’ Literacy. It takes that argument and applies it to the exegesis of the controversy narratives. It further argues against a long history of research that attributes the creation of those narratives to the context of the early Church in its debates against non-Christian Jews, arguing that the types of debates over Scripture and authority that Jesus has with scribal-literate authorities in those narratives can be plausibly traced to the life of the historical Jesus.