Why does Le Donne Hate — hate with a passion hotter than a thousand suns — Bultmann

Kelber thought that what he was doing was a correction of the overly literary models of the form critics. Dunn claims to be returning to the interests of the “early” form critics, before they lost their way, but with a better “default setting”.

via The Jesus Blog: What has Memory Research to do with Form Criticism?.

Nah, I don’t think Le Donne actually hates Rudi B., but that title will get a rise out of Jim West.

I have to admit that I’ve read both of Dr. Le Donne’s books and they are both important. I’m not going anywhere here, I just wanted to point that out and say that if you have not, you should.

Anyway, I hope that this is where my work will come in at. I like the word of the Form Critics as well as the Social Memory Critics, such as Le Donne and Keith. If you place these two together, you can began to give rhyme to the madness of how the Evangelists did what they did. They used and then manipulated memory. I will still contend that the exorcism in Mark 9 is perhaps the only reality-based exorcism in Mark’s Gospel and comes from an early tradition directly related to Jesus who was known to perform some sort of ritual in exorcising demons, as I hint at in my upcoming work on Mark’s Gospel.

Anyway, his answer and post — as always — is well worth the read and consideration.

I do not much care for redaction critics, as a side note, and rhetorical critics are starting to get on my nerves (unless they are working under form critics), but form critics… oh yes… they know what makes me happy.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

3 thoughts on “Why does Le Donne Hate — hate with a passion hotter than a thousand suns — Bultmann

  1. well after i cleaned myself up and took back all the ‘may they bash him on the rocks’ kinds of prayers i had a diet dr. pepper and decided that he was dead to me….

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