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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Great Baylor Giveaway Part Two: Kelber/Byrskog’s Jesus in Memory and Le Donne’s The Historiographical Jesus—Chris Keith

Today we continue the Great Baylor Giveaway with installment number two.  We continue the theme of new approaches to the Gospels and the historical Jesus that we started in part one with Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament.  In this installment, though, you have a chance to win two books.  The first is Kelber and Byrskog’s Jesus in Memory.  This book is a tribute to the work of Birger Gerhardsson.  If you just said, “Who?” quietly to yourself, then you definitely need to enter this contest.  Gerhardsson was one of the fiercest and most vocal opponents of form criticism and one of the very first scholars whose work prominently featured memory.  There’s been much advance in the discussion since then, and this volume tries to capture both Gerhardsson’s seminal contributions and the current state of discussion.  This book is worth it entirely just for Alan Kirk’s chapter “Memory” as well as Loveday Alexander’s chapter “Memory and Tradition in the Hellenistic Schools.”  There’s lots of other gems in here, too, though.  For those who continue to think of Werner Kelber’s work in light of his 1983 The Oral and the Written Gospel, I suggest his chapter in this book (“The Work of Birger Gerhardsson in Perspective”), which shows just how far he (Kelber) has moved since 1983.

The second book is also a memory-themed study and well-known to frequent readers of this blog:  Anthony Le Donne’s The Historiographical Jesus.  We’ve said lots about this seminal book on here and lots more could be said.  It was one of the most popular book giveaways we’ve ever done, so here’s a chance to win it if you weren’t that one person who won it last year. 

Together, these two books go a long way toward introducing newer students of the historical Jesus to the precise ways in which the methodology underlying the current trend of memory studies is both similar to and dissimilar to what has preceded it.

You know the rules.  You can enter in the following ways:  leave a comment; sign up to follow the blog (and leave a comment saying you did); post this on Facebook (and leave a comment saying you did); and tweet this (and leave a comment saying you did). 

In the last installment, I introduced a wildcard entry category in the form of your favorite Royal Tenenbaums quote.  This time, you can also enter again with your favorite quote from the years-ahead-of-its-time Leslie Nielson classic Naked Gun.  I’ll start again:  “Doctors say that Nordberg has a 50-50 chance of living, though there’s only a 10 percent chance of that.” 

60 comments:

  1. That was a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of "Julius Caesar", you moron! You killed 5 actors! Good ones!

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  2. "Hey Look! It's Enrico Pallazzo!"

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  3. Very good initiatives from a very good blog, especially thinking with whom that read the Gospels not only from an isolated faith-perspective, but from an inclusive and comprehensive view (history, literature, theology, but also faith!). I send you a big hug from Catalonia and all my support for go further with this magnific and imaginative blog!

    Joaquim Malé-Ribera

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  4. Following your blog religiously.

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  5. Been following for a couple months and would be delighted to save a few bucks while still expanding my horizons.

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  6. Been following for a couple of months and desire to be drawn further in.

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  7. Great to see two more great books being given away!

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  8. It's true what they say: Cops and women don't mix. It's like eating a spoonful of Drano; sure, it'll clean you out, but it'll leave you hollow inside.

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  9. You wrote, "For those who continue to think of Werner Kelber’s work in light of his 1983 The Oral and the Written Gospel, I suggest his chapter in this book (“The Work of Birger Gerhardsson in Perspective”), which shows just how far he (Kelber) has moved since 1983."

    I don't think that I am going to have time to read this essay for the paper I am doing in school, although I am currently reading "The Oral and the Written Gospel," and think it is a fine book that is very helpful to my oral/text/aural thesis. So maybe you can provide some insights that might not have me make a fool of myself. I would appreciate that.

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  10. I don't recall if it is from the Naked Gun, it's precursor Police Squad, or both, but I was always got a good laugh from: "Coffee?" "Yes, I know"

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  11. I'm interested; you always find good books.

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  12. Protecting the Queen's safety is a task that is gladly accepted by Police Squad. No matter how silly the idea of having a queen might be to us, as Americans, we must be gracious and considerate hosts.

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  13. I've enjoyed reading the Jesus Blog for a while now.

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  14. As an old guy who read Gerhardsson when that was fresh scholarship, I'm learning a ton from your blog. Sure like to get two more books.

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  15. I have been following your blog from the very beginning

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  16. I have been following this blog for a while, and I *really* want to win these books. Even so, I have altruistically posted the link to my FB profile. :-)

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  17. Facebook'd https://www.facebook.com/dannyyencich/posts/518042228052

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  18. Tweetered: https://twitter.com/dyencich/status/394941032330055681

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  19. It's true what they say: Cops and women don't mix. It's like eating a spoonful of Drano; sure, it'll clean you out, but it'll leave you hollow inside.

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  20. Jane, since I've met you, I've noticed things that I never knew were there before... birds singing, dew glistening on a newly formed leaf, stoplights.

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  21. It's a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans!

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  22. It's true what they say: Cops and women don't mix. It's like eating a spoonful of Drano. Sure, it'll clean you out, but it'll leave you hollow inside.

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  23. Jane: Goodyear?
    Frank: No, the worst.

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  24. Tweeted this giveaway, thanks!

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  25. some of the quotes for Naked Gun I dont feel comfortable putting on a blog such as this. So, just gimme the books.

    Doug Iverson

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  26. I wouldn't mind getting some free books, pastors never turn those down.........

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  27. Jamie Leigh MartinOctober 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Thanks for the chance!

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  28. Jamie Leigh MartinOctober 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    https://www.facebook.com/jamie.l.martin.50/posts/613203128723131

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  29. Jamie Leigh MartinOctober 30, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    https://twitter.com/WAHWithJL/status/395739417433735168

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  30. "It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day."

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  31. Would appreciate these volumes.

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  32. I would love to read these books

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  33. Barnabas RavindranathOctober 31, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I would love to read these books

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  34. Barnabas RavindranathOctober 31, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I have posted this blog post on my facebook

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  35. Barnabas RavindranathOctober 31, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I have signed up to follow this blog.

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  36. Barnabas RavindranathOctober 31, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Quote: "You wanna talk some jive? I'll talk some jive. I'll talk some jive like you've never heard!"

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  37. I think Naked Gun was before my time.

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