How did people “remember” Jesus in early Christianity, before there were any Gospels or other written sources of information? Did the eyewitnesses to Jesus’ life sometimes forget what he said and did? Did they misremember? And when they told stories about him, did the people who heard the stories – and the people to whom those people told the stories – alter the memories? Did they sometimes, or often, invent false memories? This seminar is with renowned and popular religious studies scholar, Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It will consider these questions through a careful examination of what we know about both memory and the earliest Gospels, the writings that embody early Christian recollections of Jesus.
This seminar is presented by the Program in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, please visit the seminar event page. Registration is required and can be completed on the website.