2013 AAR/SBL Annual Meeting Report (2b): “The Blow Up in Baltimore”

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This year’s best session (IMHO) had to be Monday evening’s Historical Jesus Session titled “Memory Studies in Historical Jesus Research” but now known as “The Blow Up in Baltimore” thanks to Tyler Stewart. The presenters and their papers were Chris Keith, The Past Approaching and Approaching the Past: The Contribution of Memory Studies to Historical Jesus Research; Zeba Crook, Memory Distortion and the Historical Jesus; Rafael Rodríguez, An Uneasy Concord: Memory and History in Contemporary Jesus Research; and Paul Foster, Memory: Help or Hindrance in Historical Jesus Research? 

In essence, Keith and Rodriguez argued that the traditional criteria of historical Jesus studies (HJS) constitute an outdated methodology which relies too heavily on both a positivist historiography and epistemology. Instead, their proposal is that we approach our knowledge of Jesus through the avenues of social memory theory (SMT). Crook applauded this argument, but he took it to mean that we cannot really…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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