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Bibil Identifier bibil:226930
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Collective Memory Distortion and the Quest for the Historical Jesus
Author Crook, Zeba A.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 11, Issue: 1)
Response article The Problem of Selectivity in Memory Research: A Response to Zeba Crook
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 53-76 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Memory theory is being used, if not explicitly to buttress the reliability of the Gospel portraits of Jesus, to do so implicitly by shifting the search away from the ipsissima verba Jesu towards the memory of Jesus. Rather than argue about what Jesus did or did not say—the reliability wars—some scholars now sidestep the issue by arguing that memory is inherently reliable in a broad or general way. Thus, the Gospels are reliable not at the level of detail, but at the level of broad memory, impact, or gist. In this article I argue that such optimism can only come by selectively quoting the troubling work of memory theorists, and by ignoring the full implications of memory theory.
DOI 10.1163/17455197-01101004
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Historical Jesus : Preaching of Jesus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Orality/Writing
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Memory
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