This short response to Le Donne's rebuttal attempts to return the conversation to the more relevant and troubling evidence of manufactured memory, by drawing attention to examples from the New Testament. It raises the serious question: if manufactured memories and historical memories are not qualitatively different, then how are we to distinguish between them? And, by extension, what does this say about the reliability of memory and the gospels as memory?

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Keywords Collective memory, Gospel reliability, Historical Jesus, Invented memory, Memory, Memory distortion
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Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
Crook, Z. (2013). Gratitude and comments to le donne. Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, 11(1), 98–105. doi:10.1163/17455197-01101006