Jesus in Early Christian Memory: Essays in Honour of James D. G. Dunn
Jesus in Early Christian Memory: Essays in Honour of James D. G. Dunn

Jesus in Early Christian Memory: Essays in Honour of James D. G. Dunn

in Library of New Testament Studies

by Anthony LeDonne, Samuel Byrskog, Kathleen E. Corley, Tom Holmén, Scot McKnight, Terence C. Mournet, and L. D. Hurst

Pages 224
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2009
ISBN-13 9780567045249
This volume is a collection of essays by scholars who have been in dialogue with J. D. G. Dunn over the years, several of whom have contributed to the ongoing dialogue concerning orality and memory. In his most recent monograph on the historical Jesus ("Jesus Remembered"; Eerdmans, 2003), Dunn argues that the early Jesus tradition is understood best as the primary witness to how the early Christian communities remembered Jesus. Dunn suggests that highly literary approaches to the Gospel tradition, which remain at the center of historical Jesus research, neglect to come to grips with both the stability and variability inherent within the Synoptic Gospels tradition. To this end, Dunn suggests that orality studies, and specifically, oral performance theory, lend valuable insight into the process of tradition formation and transmission. The gospels preserve and present the Jesus tradition, and in so doing, provide us with reliable testimony to how Jesus was remembered by the tradition's earliest tradents.

The intended purpose of the volume is to explore the variegated ways in which the early Jesus communities remembered Jesus, and to make a significant contribution to the ongoing study of the historical Jesus.

  • Table of Contents
  • Frost's Fork for the Jesus Historian: Two Approaches to Social Memory - Anthony LeDonne
  • From Memory to Memoirs: Tracing the Background of a Literary Genre - Samuel Byrskog
  • Jesus' Table Etiquette: Eating and Drinking with Tax Collectors, Sinners and Courtesans - Kathleen Corley
  • 'No Stone Upon Another' - No 'Temple Made with Hands'? - Tom Holmen
  • Telling the Truth of History - Scot McKnight
  • Oral Performance Theory and Occam's Razor: the Priciple of Parsimony and the Formation of the Early Jesus Tradition - Terence C. Mournet
  • Mark's Jesus and the Servant figure - Lincoln Hurst

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