Formally introduced to English-speaking New Testament studies in 2005, social memory theory has quickly reached a position of prominence in New Testament scholarship. Many key questions in Gospels studies, especially with regard to the historical Jesus, the new historiography, and the transmission of the oral Jesus tradition, are now being answered in terms of this ‘memory approach.’ The lecture will assess the first decade of this interdisciplinary discussion.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Inaugural Lecture—Chris Keith
If you’re in or around London on October 16, you’re invited to my inaugural lecture as Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. The press release and more information is here. The title of the lecture is “Social Memory Theory and the Gospels: Assessing the First Decade.” I’ll include the abstract below.