Monday, March 26, 2018

Butticaz and Norelli (eds.), Memory and Memories in Early Christianity

NEW BOOK FROM MOHR SIEBECK: Memory and Memories in Early Christianity. Proceedings of the International Conference held at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (June 2–3, 2016). Ed. by Simon Butticaz and Enrico Norelli. [Gedächtnis und Erinnerungen im frühen Christentum. Tagungsband der internationalen Konferenz vom 2.-3. Juni 2016 an den Universitäten Genf und Lausanne.] 2018. X, 356 pages. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 398. 139,00 €. cloth. ISBN 978-3-16-155729-3.
Published in English.
Bringing together thirteen talks given at the international conference “Memory and Memories in Early Christianity”, held at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva in June 2016, this interdisciplinary volume explores a fresh problem in the study of the origins of Christianity and of the New Testament, namely the “work of memory” undertaken in the discourses and practices of the believers in Jesus. The studies collected here not only apply a heuristic analytical tool – “social memory theory” – to the literature and history of Christian beginnings, but also endeavour to show the socio-religious resonance of this “work of memory” in the language and ideology of the early believers. The historical Jesus, the Pauline writings, the Gospel of John, the Acts of the Apostles, Marcion, ancient Christian epistolography, Hegesippus, Irenaeus, etc. are explored by some of the world's top specialists in “social memory studies” as applied to Christian origins.

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