Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Commemorative Identities: Jewish Social Memory and the Johannine Feast of Booths,
Mary B. Spaulding, T&T Clark, 2009, page 2
Considering how people react when they or their group are under pressure, Mary Spaulding states:
During times of significant societal crisis and change, human beings do not readily and willingly accept the total transformation or elimination of all mnemonic associations. Instead, they cling to familiar patterns of behaviour in order to ward off threats to their corporate identity caused by the crisis.
As Jewish believers in Messiah then (the first century), so with people today. We remember what it is that makes us believers and we strengthen our faith by holding on to those parts of our lives that most reinforce our individual and corporate identity.