Questions of Method in James Dunn's Jesus Remembered

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Parts of Dunn's methodology in "Jesus Remembered" (2003) are scrutinised: the meaning of "memory" and whether this is the ultimately attainable object of historiography. I contend that historical research should not content itself with investigating how memories are "fictionalized", i.e. retained in narrative form, but press on to verified judgments on historical facts. "Grand (or: master) narratives", i.e. large-scale, holistic frameworks for the interpretation of data are - critically used - more important for historical work than Dunn wants to admit.

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  • Religious Studies


  • Jesus research, memory, oral tradition, fictionalization or refiguration of memories, grand narratives, historical fact, master narrative, critical realism, meaning of "history"
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-457
JournalJournal for the Study of the New Testament
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)

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