Collective Memory and Collective Identity

Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History in Their Context

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Diana Edelman, Johannes Unsok Ro
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 534
  • Berlin: 
    De Gruyter
    , March
     480 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Seth L. Sanders forthcoming.


“Collective memory” has attracted the attention and discussion of scholars internationally across academic disciplines over the past 40−50 years in particular. It and "collective identity" have become important issues within Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies; the role collective memory plays in shaping collective identity links the two organically. Research to date on memory within biblical studies broadly falls under four approaches: 1) lexical studies; 2) discussions of biblical historiography in which memory is considered a contributing element; 3) topical explorations for which memory is an organizing concept; and 4) memory and transmission studies.

The sixteen contributors to this volume provide detailed investigations of the contours of collective memory and collective identity that have crystallized in Martin Noth's "Deuteronomistic History" (Deut-2 Kgs). Together, they yield diverse profiles of collective memory and collective identity that draw comparatively on biblical, ancient Near eastern, and classical Greek material, employing one of more of the four common approaches. This is the first volume devoted to applying memory studies to the "Deuteronomistic History."

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Johannes Unsok Ro, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

Diana Edelman, University of Oslo, Norway


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