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Jesus in Memory
Traditions in Oral and Scribal Perspectives
Edited by Werner H. Kelber and Samuel Byrskog Contributions by David E. Aune, Loveday Alexander and Martin S. Jaffee
Few scholars have influenced New Testament scholarship in the areas of orality, memory, and tradition more profoundly than Birger Gerhardsson. Today, as these topics have again become important in biblical scholarship, his pioneering work takes on a new light. Though the esteemed contributors may differ on issues in the burgeoning study, they have all enthusiastically taken on the dual task of evaluating Gerhardsson’s contribution anew and bringing his insights up to date within the current debate.
Additional contributors are Loveday Alexander (University of Sheffield), David E. Aune (University of Notre Dame), Martin S. Jaffee (University of Washington), Alan Kirk (James Madison University), Terence Mournet (North American Baptist Seminary), and Christopher Tuckett (University of Oxford/Pembroke College).
Memory and Tradition in the Hellenistic Schools
Jesus Tradition and the Pauline Letters
David E. Aune
Honi the Circler in Manuscript and Memory: An Experiment in “Re-Oralizing” the Talmudic Text
Martin S. Jaffee
The Jesus Tradition as Oral Tradition
Terence C. Mournet
Conclusion: The Work of Birger Gerhardsson in Perspective
Werner H. Kelber
"... these essays will invite further reflection about the impact of oral-memory models on contemporary discussions of biblical historicity and authority."
—Ritva H. Williams, Biblical Theology Bulletin (2011:41)
These essays use Gerhardsson’s work as a launching pad to reflect on developments in the field over the past fifty years and to propose new avenues of inquiry. This dual focus gives the proposed book a distinct advantage as a “history of research”: building on an established precedent to survey the past while projecting the future. As these scholars are, in fact, leading voices in their respective fields, the collection must be received as an authoritative statement on the topic.
—Tom Thatcher, Professor of Biblical Studies, Cincinnati Christian University
Kelber and Byrskog's work is a valuable piece of scholarship on an important topic, one which has raised controversy especially at its beginning. It continues the conversation and work on an important aspect of early Christianity, and introduces a new generation of students to the issues of orality in New Testament studies.
—Robert E. Van Voorst, Professor of New Testament, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan
Gerhardsson's Memory and Manuscript is a landmark in the fields of orality, memory and tradition. Kelber and Byrskog's work serves as a fitting tribute to this movement, simultaneously offering critical assessment and advancing many of his seminal ideas. This volume is without parallel.
—Kelly R. Iverson, Lecturer in New Testament, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews
"This volume is ideal for scholars desiring an entrée into Gerhardsson's work or issues of orality, textuality, and memory, as well as scholars who are well versed in these areas. It appropriately offers tribute to Gerhardsson in a manner that makes clear the past, present, and future of an exciting area of NT scholarship he helped create."
—Restoration Quarterly (2012, 54:1)
Werner H. Kelber (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is an Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor Emeritus in Biblical Studies, Rice University. His other works include The Oral and the Written Gospel: The Hermeneutics of Speaking and Writing in the Synoptic Tradition, Mark, Paul, and Q (1983, 1997), Mark’s Story of Jesus (1979), and The Kingdom in Mark: A New Place and a New Time (1974). He lives in Bellville, Texas.
Samuel Byrskog (Th.D. University of Lund) is Professor of New Testament, University of Lund. He is the author or editor of several books, including, most recently, Romarbrevet 1-8 (2006), Story as History—History as Story: The Gospel Tradition in the Context of Ancient Oral History (2000), and Jesus the Only Teacher: Didactic Authority and Transmission in Ancient Israel, Ancient Judaism, and the Matthean Community (1994). He lives in Lund, Sweden.