The Birth of Christian HistoryMemory and Time from Mark to Luke-Acts

The Birth of Christian HistoryMemory and Time from Mark to Luke-Acts

Eve-Marie Becker

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9780300165098

Publisher: Yale University Press

Abstract

When the Gospel writings were first produced, Christian thinking was already cognizant of its relationship to ancient memorial cultures and history-writing traditions. Yet, little has been written about exactly what shaped the development of early Christian literary memory. This book explores the diverse ways in which history was written according to the Hellenistic literary tradition, focusing specifically on the time during which the New Testament writings came into being: from the mid-first century until the early second century CE. While acknowledging cases of historical awareness in other New Testament writings, the book traces the origins of this historiographical approach to the Gospel of Mark and Luke—Acts. The book shows how the earliest Christian writings shaped Christian thinking and writing about history.