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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Jesus Conference Schedule of Times and Presenters—Chris Keith

For those contemplating attending the 2016 "Memory and the Reception of Jesus in Early Christianity" Conference, here is the tentative roster of speakers and times.  You can register for the conference here.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write to me at  I should probably add that places are beginning to fill up and we do have a cap on the number of people who can attend due to space issues.  So if you're thinking of coming, you may want to go ahead and register.

Memory and the Reception of Jesus in Early Christianity (June 10–11, 2016)
St Mary’s University, Twickenham

All speakers confirmed.


1:30–3:00        Session 1
                        1:30–2:05        The Memory Approach and the Reception of Jesus
                                                Chris Keith
                        2:05–2:40        Reception of Jesus in Paul
                                                Christine Jacobi
                        2:40–3:00        Discussion

3:00–3:30        Coffee and Tea

3:30–5:00        Session 2        
                        3:30–4:05        The Psychology of Eyewitness Memory
                                                Richard Bauckham
                        4:05–4:40        Reception of Jesus in the Gospel of John
                                                Helen Bond
                        4:40–5:00        Discussion

5:00–5:30        Coffee and Tea

5:30–7:00        Session 3 (Keynote)
5:30–6:30        Memory and Theories of History       
Jens Schröter
6:30–7:00        Discussion

7:00                 Dinner


9:00–10:30      Session 4        
                        9:00–9:35        Memory and Narrative
                                                Samuel Byrskog
                        9:35–10:10      The Reception of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel
                                                Sandra Hübenthal
                        10:10–10:30    Discussion

10:30–11:00    Coffee and Tea

11:00–12:30    Session 5        
                        11:00–11:35    Memory and Media
                                                Alan Kirk
                        11:35–12:10    The Reception of Images of Jesus Prior to Constantine
                                                Joan Taylor
                        12:10–12:30    Discussion

12:30–2:00      Lunch

2:00–3:30        Session 6
                        2:00–2:35        Memory, Identity, and Mimetic Ethics
                                                Ruben Zimmermann
                        2:35–3:10        The Reception of Jesus in Talmudic Literature
                                                James Crossley
                        3:10–3:30        Discussion

3:30–4:00        Coffee and Tea

4:00–6:30        Session 7
4:00–4:35        Memory and Liturgy
Rafael Rodríguez
4:35–5:10        Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of the Memory Approach
                        Anthony Le Donne
5:10–6:30        Panel Discussion

6:30                 Dismiss


  1. Gene Stecher
    Chambersburg, Pa.

    I'm really showing my ignorance here. If I may ask, how is the word "reception" being used in the titles of the presentations noted above?

  2. The technical answer is in the sense of Gadamerian Wirkungsgeschichte. The non-technical answer is in the sense of appreciating how any given interpreter is influenced by previous interpretations but nevertheless capable of casting his or her own interpretation, which may affirm, presuppose, outright reject, or anything else, those previous interpretations. Does that help, Gene?

  3. Gene Stecher
    Chambersburg, Pa.

    Hey Chris, whatever a phrase like "G...W..." stands for I'm for it. Your non-technical answer is very helpful, and I find my own thinking very much in alignment with what you've said about interpretation. I'm looking forward to reading Kirk and Thatcher's "Memory, Tradition, and Text" which came in the mail today. Thanks again.

    1. Gene, glad to know you're "for it" and I love this answer! Definitely let us know what you think about Kirk and Thatcher.

  4. From Dr. G

    Will the papers be delivered in clear unambiguous prose?