History, Memory, and the Invention of Tradition

Judith Lieu

in Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780199262892
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602818 | DOI:
History, Memory, and the Invention of Tradition

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The ‘invention’ of a past, an acknowledged feature in the construction of identity, can be illustrated by Graeco-Roman and Jewish writings. Conflicting claims to, and re-writings of, the same history are common. Various strategies for the appropriation of Israel’s history characterize early Christian writings, alongside the creation of new histories reaching back to Jesus. Here too, different accounts reflect competing claims to represent the true heirs of the past.

Keywords: Abraham; antiquity; apologetic; early Christianity; forgetting; history; Israel; Jesus traditions; memory; scripture

Chapter.  14476 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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