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The Birth of Christian History: Memory and Time from Mark to Luke-Acts
Becker, Eve-Marie

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017 pp. xi + 265. $65.00

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Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library


Description: The first comprehensive account to explore the beginnings of early Christian history writing, tracing its origin to the Gospel of Mark and Luke-Acts. 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. In this eye-opening new study, Eve-Marie Becker 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, Becker traces the origins of this historiographical approach to the Gospel of Mark and Luke-Acts. Offering a bold new framework, Becker shows how the earliest Christian writings shaped ďChristianĒ thinking and writing about history.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Acts, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Tucker S. Ferda
Published 7/12/2018
Citation: Tucker S. Ferda, review of Eve-Marie Becker, The Birth of Christian History: Memory and Time from Mark to Luke-Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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