Memory and Memories in Early Christianity

Proceedings of the International Conference held at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (June 2–3, 2016)
Ed. by Simon Butticaz and Enrico Norelli

[Gedächtnis und Erinnerungen im frühen Christentum. Tagungsband der internationalen Konferenz vom 2.-3. Juni 2016 an den Universitäten Genf und Lausanne.]

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The present volume brings together talks given at an international conference held at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva. Strongly interdisciplinary, the authors explore a fresh problem in the study of the origins of Christianity and of the New Testament, namely the social relevance of remembering in Early Christianity and its role in the discourses and practices of the first believers.
Bringing together thirteen talks given at the international conference »Memory and Memories in Early Christianity«, held at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva in June 2016, this interdisciplinary volume explores a fresh problem in the study of the origins of Christianity and of the New Testament, namely the »work of memory« undertaken in the discourses and practices of the believers in Jesus. The studies collected here not only apply a heuristic analytical tool – »social memory theory« – to the literature and history of Christian beginnings, but also endeavour to show the socio-religious resonance of this »work of memory« in the language and ideology of the early believers. The historical Jesus, the Pauline writings, the Gospel of John, the Acts of the Apostles, Marcion, ancient Christian epistolography, Hegesippus, Irenaeus, etc. are explored by some of the world's top specialists in »social memory studies« as applied to Christian origins.
Survey of contents
Simon Butticaz/Enrico Norelli: Introduction

I. Memory Studies and Nascent Christianity: Challenges, Approaches and Problems
Sandra Huebenthal: »Frozen Moments« – Early Christianity through the Lens of Social Memory TheoryAdriana Destro/Mauro Pesce: Remembering and Writing: Their Substantial Differences – Jens Schröter: Memory and Memories in Early Christianity: The Remembered Jesus as a Test Case

II. Memory, Authority and Modalities (Personal, Ritual, Textual, etc.)
Simon Butticaz: The Transformation of »Collective Memory« in Early Christianity as Reflected in the Letters of Paul – Judith M. Lieu: Letters and the Construction of Early Christian Memory – Christoph Markschies: Erinnerungen bei Irenaeus an Figuren des apostolischen und nachapostolischen Zeitalters

III. Memory, Identity and the Construction of Origins
Daniel Marguerat: De Jésus à Paul : l'invention du christianisme dans les Actes des apȏtres – Claudio Zamagni: Reinventing Christian Origins: Competing Conceptions in the Christianity of the Second Century – Enrico Norelli: La construction polémique des origines chrétiennes par Marcion – Cecilia Antonelli: La construction de la mémoire des »origines« par Hégésippe chez Eusèbe à travers deux modèles en dialogue: Jérusalem et la famille de Jésus, Corinthe et Rome et ses apôtres et disciples

IV. Early Christianity, Memory and Theology
Jörg Frey: The Gospel of John as a Narrative Memory of Jesus – Andreas Dettwiler: Erinnerung und Identität – Erwägungen zur Pragmatik und Theologie des Kolosser- und Epheserbriefes – Jean Zumstein: La mémoire créatrice des premiers chrétiens

Simon Butticaz Born 1980; since 2014 tenure-track Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Traditions at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).

Enrico Norelli Born 1952; Doctor of Classical Philology (University of Pisa) and of Theology (University of Geneva); professor emeritus of History and Literature of Early Christianity at the University of Geneva and invited professor at the Facultad de Literatura Cristiana y Clásica San Justino (Madrid).


The following reviews are known:

In: ProtoView — (4/2019)
In: Revue de l'histoire et de Philosophie Réligieuses — 99 (2019), pp. 559–561 (Christian Grappe)
In: Salesianum — 81 (2019), S. 567–568 (Rafael Vicent)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 62 (2018), S. 484–485
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 144 (2019), S. 200–202 (Katharina Greschat)
In: Apocrypha — 30 (2019), pp. 206–209 (Kevin Hovsepian)
In: Zeitschr. f. Kirchengeschichte — 131 (2020), pp. 107–109 (Gianna Zipp)
In: Reading Religion — (Daniel B. Glover)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (1/2020) (Ben Sutton)