Book Review: Memory, Tradition, and Text edited by Kirk and Thatcher

Opening excerpt of the book review by Brian LePort:

Message of the Book:

This volume applies the findings of memory studies—specifically social or group memory—to the field of biblical studies. In an effort to get past the black-and-white, either/or of form critical studies—where an event either happened as it is narrated or it is considered to be an invention of early Christianity—these authors ask if we might better understand the formation of Christian traditions if we examine the layering evolved when a group begins to “remember” events together, giving these events meaning, which in turn provides identity and a functioning social framework for the group.

The book is Memory, Tradition, Text: Uses of the Past in Early Christianity edited by Alan Kirk and Tom Thatcher (Semeia Studies; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005).

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