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Oral Performance or Public Reading? The Oral Delivery of New Testament Writings in Early Christianity

Författare och institution:
Dan Nässelqvist (Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion)
Publicerad i:
Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 22-25 November 2014, San Diego,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Most introductions to the New Testament mention that, during the first centuries C.E., New Testament writings were commonly delivered orally in a community setting and experienced through hearing. How these delivery events are envisioned differ, however. Whereas older scholarship took for granted that texts were read aloud in a community setting, a growing interest in orality has lead others to conclude that oral delivery regularly involved semi-dramatic performances of a memorized text. The result is a situation in which there are two mutually contradictory descriptions of how New Testament writings were orally communicated in early Christianity: public reading from a manuscript and oral performance from memory. This paper analyses public reading and oral performance with the help of ancient sources that describe oral delivery. It indicates the differences between the two and demonstrates that both were common types of oral delivery during the first centuries C.E. It also explores how some literary genres are connected to a specific delivery type as well as certain settings. Finally, it compares the results to evidence from early Christian sources and draws a conclusion about which delivery type was regularly used for New Testament writings.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Religionsvetenskap ->
Nya testamentets exegetik
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2016-07-06 13:20

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