Bible in Ancient and Modern Media
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room 32 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Difficult Reputations in Media and Memory: The Work of Gary Fine
Gary Alan Fine (Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University) has drawn attention to "difficult reputations," the dynamics of and debates over the memory of figures such as Joseph McCarthy and Warren Harding. The social dynamics of remembering and invoking ambiguous and/or villainous figures differ from the use of heroic reputations. Sometimes the differences are striking. In this invited panel, Fine presents his social theory of reputation-making, followed by responses that suggest potential applications of Fine's reputation research to texts from second-temple and Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. This discussion advances the recent interest in social memory research and its potential for historical questions pertaining to ancient Judaism and Christian origins.

Rafael Rodriguez, Johnson University, Presiding
Gary Fine, Northwestern University
Difficult Reputations (60 min)
Break (5 min)
Ehud Ben Zvi, University of Alberta, Respondent (15 min)
Tom Thatcher, Cincinnati Christian University, Respondent (15 min)
Rafael Rodriguez, Johnson University, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (40 min)