Le Donne raises important questions facing historical Jesus scholarship in light of the recent (and ongoing) rise of “memory” as an analytical historiographic category. The driving question is no longer simply, What actually happened? (It may never have been simply that.) Jesus research increasingly finds itself wrestling with the question, How does “what actually happened” relate to the gospels’ portrayals of Jesus? The Historiographical Jesus brings into focus how typological resources both constrained the early Christians’ memory of Jesus and enabled that memory to adapt to and address an ever-evolving present.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
that's a wrap!
I've finally finished my review of Anthony Le Donne's published PhD thesis, The Historiographical Jesus (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2009), and I've sent my review to the book review editor of The Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. I never know whether it would be appropriate or not so share online reviews that will be published shortly, so I normally don't include my reviews here. But I suppose it won't hurt to mention the conclusion to my review.