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Jesus, the Voice, and the Text
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Werner Kelber's The Oral and the Written Gospel (1983) introduced biblical scholars to interdisciplinary trends in the study of ancient media culture. The book is now widely recognized as a milestone and it has spurred wide-ranging scholarship. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of its publication, new developments in orality theory, literacy theory, and social approaches to memory call for a programmatic reappraisal of past research and future directions. This volume address these concerns. Kelber himself is interviewed at the beginning of the book and, in a closing essay, he reflects on the significance of the project and charts a course for the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. 1. Beyond Texts and Traditions: Werner Kelber’s Media History of Christian Origins
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. “It’s Not Easy to Take a Fresh Approach”: Reflections on The Oral and the Written Gospel (An Interview with Werner Kelber)
  2. pp. 27-43
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  1. 3. Oral Performance and Mark: Some Implications of The Oral and the Written Gospel, Twenty-Five Years Later
  2. pp. 45-70
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  1. 4. The Gospel of Mark as Oral Hermeneutic
  2. pp. 71-87
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  1. 5. Storytelling in Oral and Written Media Contexts of the Ancient Mediterranean World
  2. pp. 89-110
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  1. 6. Vice Catalogues as Oral-Mnemonic Cues: A Comparative Study of the Two-Ways Tradition in the Didache and Parallels from the Perspective of Oral Tradition
  2. pp. 111-133
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  1. 7. Human Memory and the Sayings of Jesus: Contemporary Experimental Exercises in the Transmission of Jesus Traditions
  2. pp. 135-179
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  1. 8. The Gospel of Trajan
  2. pp. 181-196
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  1. 9. The Scar of the Cross: The Violence Ratio and the Earliest Christian Memories of Jesus
  2. pp. 197-214
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  1. 10. Manuscript Tradition as a Tertium Quid: Orality and Memory in Scribal Practices
  2. pp. 215-234
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  1. 11. The Oral-Scribal-Memorial Arts of Communication in Early Christianity
  2. pp. 235-262
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 263-272
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 273-294
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 295-297
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  1. Index of Biblical Books and Other Ancient Works
  2. pp. 299-301
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  1. Index of Authors
  2. pp. 302-305
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  1. Index of Subjects
  2. pp. 306-317
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