Gospel Criticism / Social Memory Criticism

science approaches the way memory changes

Memory research is interesting exactly because of the way we remember things – even the way we remember the remembrances of the Gospels. I believe that such science can help us even in understanding how the Gospels shaped the early memory of Jesus and were themselves shaped by the early memory of Jesus. Some aspects of the memory can endure a long time, while others are more fickle. “The memory of a romantic first meal out with a partner may take on a different mood when the relationship falters,” said Tomonori Takeuchi and Richard Morris at the University of

Controversial / Religion and Politics / Social Memory Criticism

Remembering The Past may be good therapy!


I struggled to publish this here, but this is from the 90’s when I used to be a TV translator, lip-synchronizer  and dubber. The face is familiar, but ONLY THE VOICE is mine! It was viewed and heard by circa 100 million people around the world, 40 million in Brazil alone. Today is still viewed in Portuguese speaking countries still with my voice! Of course, today, because I am a Calvinist (since the late 90’s) I decided this no longer to be appropriate to me for my own financial and professional loss. If you can stand it, wait until

Social Memory Criticism

So… we are susceptible to false memories? But… but… the Gospels?

In a unique memory-distortion study with people with extraordinary memory ability, individuals with highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM) were as susceptible as controls to false memory. The findings suggest that HSAM individuals reconstruct their memories using associative grouping, as demonstrated by a word-list task, and by incorporating postevent information, as shown in misinformation tasks. The findings also suggest that the reconstructive memory mechanisms that produce memory distortions are basic and widespread in humans, and it may be unlikely that anyone is immune. The assumption that no one is immune from false memories has important implications in the legal and

Social Memory Criticism

Can Pope Francis help us in our understanding of the Historical Jesus?

This is going to be a relatively short post, as all I really want to do is to start a conversation…and avoid doing work on my dissertation. We know that the name genesis behind the Pope’s selection is St. Francis of Assisi. While the Pope was, by all accounts, a humble person before his elevation, he is still very much destroying the culture of entrenched power, following Francis’ example. We expect more, I think, from this pope. Often times, we hear the argument — and by argument, I am quite generous — that Jesus is a mythical person because of

Social Memory Criticism

In which I discover something about Cognitive Memory Development that applies to the Gospels

I have a pre-pub copy of this book via Amazon Vine. As I set down to read this, I found two things rather quickly I believe will aid a discussion on memory and the Historical Jesus. The author, Charles Fernyhough, writes, This view of memories as physical things is guaranteed to mislead. The truth is that autobiographical memories are not possessions that you either have or do not have. They are mental constructions, created in the present moment, according to the demands of the present. (p5 – please note that the pages numbers are likely to change in final

Scholarship / Social Memory Criticism

If you aren’t a scholar who blogs, this is your final warning — More on Remembering Tatian’s remembering

Anthony Le Donne proposed a topic about Tatian and social memory (here, here, and here). I believe that the use of social memory is one of the most important and innovative concepts in Historical Jesus studies. I am unsure — as of yet  — how this may play into second century Christianity. But it would seem I did not think it through just yet. Chris Keith, “Big Daddy Pain,” has a response up here. He brings in the vile arch-heretic, almost as archy and heretical as Calvin, Marcion. Keith’s explanation is one worth considering as his his final suggestion. On the blog post.

Scholarship / Social Memory Criticism

But is the Diatessaron about Memory or Ease?

  The Jesus Blog: So you need a dissertation topic (Installment 3) – The Diatessaron as a Site of Counter-Memory. That’s some, um, dudes there. Anyway, Anthony Le Donne has suggested that those interested in social-memory (I am, especially when it comes to Mark. I figured Matthew and Luke (and John) were “remembering Mark. Also, there is no oral tradition after Mark) could focus on a variety of issues dealing with Justin’s star pupil. I think that harmonization has little to do with memory but a lot to do with the Greco-Roman canon. I’ll need to do more with