Memory Studies in Historical Jesus Studies

The folks at The Jesus Blog announced the good news that the exciting session on memory studies and the historical Jesus at SBL this year was recorded. Here they are:

I am really sorry that more of the presenters and panelists did not follow Rafael’s lead in trying to reenact in reverse Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Given the topic, I would be very interested to hear from people who were there whether listening to it again confirmed or challenged their memory of what was said. Today we can play back words verbatim in a way that simply wasn’t possible 2,000 years ago. Taking that fact seriously is but one of the many things that the study of subjects like memory and orality can contribute to the study of the historical Jesus.


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