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Ancient Conventions of Delivery and the Performance of John: The Levels of Style and the Prologue of John

Författare och institution:
Dan Nässelqvist (Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion)
Publicerad i:
Nordic New Testament Conference (Dynamics of New Testament Readings: Nordic Perspectives), Joensuu,
Publikationstyp:
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Publiceringsår:
2010
Språk:
engelska
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The study of orality in connection with the New Testament has focused almost entirely on the role of oral traditions behind the formation of the texts. However, in what way the texts thereafter were orally delivered is a largely unexplored area. Consequently the study of the performance of New Testament texts is in need of extensive research. In this paper I examine the conventions of delivery that existed in the ancient Graeco-Roman world. Whitney Shiner and William David Shiell have previously touched upon this field of research, in their respective studies of performance aspects of Mark and Acts. I focus more specifically on the aspect of delivery in Greek and Roman rhetorical treatises, from the fourth century BCE (Aristotle) to the first century CE (Quintilian). The treatises discuss ideal performances as well as vulgar forms of delivery and audience reactions. Hence the paper includes a short discussion on the relevance of Graeco-Roman conventions when it comes to performances in an early Christian context. A comparative study of the treatises accentuates their views on – among other things – the use of voice, gestures and mimicry in delivery, as well as on speech styles and adaptations to the audience. Examples from the Gospel of John show how New Testament texts themselves contain markers and clues, e.g. implicit gestures and applause markers, as to how they were performed.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
HUMANIORA ->
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Religionsvetenskap ->
Nya testamentets exegetik
Postens nummer:
237594
Posten skapad:
2016-06-12 09:42
Posten ändrad:
2016-06-12 10:45

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