The Oral and the Written Gospel

The Oral and the Written Gospel : The Hermeneutics of Speaking and Writing in the Synoptic Tradition, Mark, Paul, and Q

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A tightly argued and comprehensive treatment of an important area of New Testament studies." -The Christian CenturyBy distinguishing oral from written modes of transmission, Kelber skillfully unlocks new doors for biblical interpretation." -Theology TodayWhat happens when speech turns into text? Spoken words, operating from mouth to ear, process knowledge differently from writing which links the eye to the visible, but silent letters on the page. Based on this premise, Werner Kelber discusses orality and writing, and the interaction between the two, at strategic points in the early Christian traditions. In digressing from conventional literary criticism, the book offers new, and often startling insights into the origins of Christianity.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 24mm | 458.13g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253210976
  • 9780253210975
  • 545,017

About Werner H. Kelber

Werner H. Kelber, Turner Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, is the author of The Kingdom in Mark, A New Place and a New Time, and Mark's Story of Jesus.show more

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"A tightly argued and comprehensive treatment of an important area of New Testament studies." The Christian Century "By distinguishing oral from written modes of transmission, Kelber skillfully unlocks new doors for biblical interpretation." Theology Todayshow more

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AbbreviationsForeword by Walter J. Ong, S.J.PrefaceIntroduction1. The Pre-Canonical Synoptic Transmission2. Mark's Oral Legacy3. Mark as Textuality4. Orality and Textuality in Paul5. Death and Life in the Word of GodBibliographyIndex of PassagesIndex of Authorsshow more

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