Culp's work is significant for several reasons. It is truly interdisciplinary and makes the complicated world of memory studies accessible to his primary audience within biblical studies. His work forms a solid foundation for understanding other texts as memory producers. The implications of this study have significance for hermeneutics, ecclesiology, discipleship and the nature of divine presence in relation to Scripture. As such, many scholars and students will find Culp's book worthwhile, including those whose research focus is outside Deuteronomy.
The relationship between a biblical text and the shared memories of the community which produced it is an enduring question, and an important one. C. has furthered this discussion with a readable and well-observed study of how collective memory is applicable to Deuteronomy. . . This volume will be useful to any scholar interested in how a biblical text might influence collective memory.
Culp succeeds in his goal to apply memory theory to Deuteronomy’s account of how remembrance must continue to take place in Israel, especially through the “memory vectors” that step outside the book’s original frame of reference to address future readers. His work provides a useful model of how the social sciences, literary approaches to exegesis, and theological interpretation of Scripture can work in complementary ways.