Cultural memory is a way of dealing with the past in social and cultural life. It transposes the notion of memory as individuals’ negotiation and representation of past experience into the collective and cultural area. Cultural memory is the shared reproduction and recalling of what has been learned and retained, normally treated as “the cultural heritage”. It also involves transformation and innovation. As opposed to individual memory, it brings social institutions and power to play. The notion of location and space (Landscape, ethnoscape, mental maps) is a major contributing factor in making the fragmented retrieved past a coherent whole. Cultural memories appear as palimpsests of material artifacts (including buildings and monuments), text, pictures and ritual practice. Especially relevant is the negotiation of cultural memory between local identity and global culture in this area. The purpose of this book is to study how memory is inscribed and embodied in biblical culture and its surrounding area. When dealing with a new field in research several questions appear, such as those dealing with previous approaches relevant for the cultural memory research: i.e. historiography, folklore, tradition history. We need to join forces to open new gates to cultural memory in biblical and cognate studies, and to include a plethora of methods and perspectives in present research. Such collaborative efforts will support the much-needed reflection on the relationship between cultural memory approach and post-colonialism, globalism and epistemology.
Director of the research centre Bible and Cultural Memory at University of Copenhagen from 2009. Employment at University of Aarhus 1993-2008 as assistant, associate professor and post doc, Phd. 1997, cand. theol 1993.
Niels Peter Lemche
David J. Chalcraft
John Van Seters
Ehud Ben Zvi
Ehud Ben Zvi is a professor in the Dept. of History & Classics at the University of Alberta. He has authored or (co)-edited about twenty volumes and written numerous essays primarily on ancient Israel, its intellectual history, social memory, historiography, and prophetic books.