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History and Memory in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Remembering the Teacher of Righteousness

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108493338


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  • The nature and reliability of the ancient sources are among the most important issues in the scholarship on the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is noteworthy, therefore, that scholars have grown increasingly skeptical about the value of these materials for reconstructing the life of the Teacher of Righteousness. Travis B. Williams' study is designed to address this new perspective and its implications for historical inquiry. He offers an important corrective to popular conceptions of history and memory by introducing memory theory as a means of informing historical investigation. Charting a new methodological course in Dead Sea Scrolls research, Williams reveals that properly representing the past requires an explanation of how the mnemonic evidence found in the relevant sources could have developed from a historical progression that began with the Teacher. His book represents the first attempt in Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship to integrate history and memory in a comprehensive way.

    • Introduces Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship to the latest developments in memory studies
    • Proposes a new method for integrating memory and history in Dead Sea Scrolls research
    • Provides a comprehensive analysis of the processes and circumstances which gave rise to the legacy of the Teacher of Righteousness
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108493338
    • length: 458 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Methodological Considerations:
    2. A theoretical approach toward history
    3. A mnemonic approach toward history
    Part II. The Circumstances of Memory:
    4. Dating the teacher and the sources
    5. The availability of memory carriers
    6. Memory and the impact of sources materials
    7. The teacher of righteousness in ancient media
    Part III. The Processes of Memory:
    8. The cognitive origins of memory: scripturalizing the life of the teacher
    9. From cognitive perceptions to community traditions: the formation of collective memory
    10. Tracing the development of memory: the transmission of the teacher tradition
    11. Evaluating the potential for change: the malleability and persistence of the teacher tradition
    Appendix 1: the historical value of attributed authorship
    Appendix 2: the life of the teacher as an interpretive frame
    Appendix 3: the instructions of the teacher.

  • Author

    Travis B. Williams, Tusculum University, Tennessee
    Travis B. Williams is associate professor of religion at Tusculum University. He is the author of Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing Early Christian Suffering (2012) and Good Works in 1 Peter: Negotiating Social Conflict and Christian Identity in the Greco-Roman World (2014).

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