In receiving his award, Keith will participate in an awards ceremony
and colloquium in Heidelberg, Germany, in May. He will receive a
$10,000 cash prize and an additional $10,000 to cover travel
expenses for invitations to lecture at universities, colleges or
This award is given by the Forschungszentrum
Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie (Research Center of
International and Interdisciplinary Theology) at the University of
Heidelberg to international scholars who are under the age of 35.
Keith's first published postdoctoral work, "The Pericope Adulterae,
the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus" (Brill, 2009), is the
basis for his selection for this honor.
According to Keith, each application was ranked by three
international evaluators on scale of 20-1, with scores of 17-20
considered "outstanding." All 12 winners for 2010 were in the
"outstanding" range. While applicants came from 14 different
countries, the 12 winners -- with an average age of 33 -- came from
just five. Including Keith, six of these winners completed Ph.D.s in
a country that is not the country of their birth. Winners undertook
their work at these schools: Notre Dame, Boston College, Harvard
University, Union Theological Seminary, Norwegian School of
Theology, University of Edinburgh, University of Heidelberg,
University of Lausanne, Fuller Seminary, Brandeis University and
For more information on the John Templeton Award for Theological
Keith is currently working on two projects. The first is a
monograph on the literacy of the historical Jesus, entitled "Jesus'
Literacy: Education and the Teacher from Galilee," under contract
with T&T Clark. Keith writes: "Whereas my first book left the
historical Jesus aside and focused on the
social/exegetical/text-critical significance of the claim for Jesus'
literacy in one particular passage (John 8:6, 8), this monograph
focuses on the issue of Jesus' literacy in early Christianity as a
whole and assesses the historical accuracy of early Christian claims
from the perspective of social/cultural memory theory." The second
project is a textbook entitled "Jesus Among Friends and Enemies,"
which he is co-editing under contract with Baker Academic.
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Prior to joining the LCU faculty in 2008, Keith earned B.S., M.A.
and M.Div. degrees from Cincinnati Christian University and his
Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He claims
Shepherdsville, Ky., as his hometown, where he graduated from North
Bullitt High School in 1998.
Located at 100 Campus View Drive, Lincoln Christian University's
three schools -- the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Hargrove
School of Adult & Graduate Studies, and the Seminary -- share a
mission to nurture and equip Christians with a biblical worldview to
serve and lead in the church and the world. LCU is celebrating its
65th year of providing higher education and is accredited by the
Higher Learning Commission, a
commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;
the Commission on Accreditation of the
Association for Biblical Higher
Education; and the Association of
Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Christian University]