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Author Kelber, Werner H.
Title The oral and the written Gospel : the hermeneutics of speaking and writing in the synoptic tradition, Mark, Paul, and Q / Werner H. Kelber ; with a new introduction by the author.
Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1997.

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Author Kelber, Werner H.
Series Voices in performance and text
Voices in performance and text.
Subject Bible. Gospels -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Mark -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Epistles of Paul -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Oral tradition.
Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 254 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-247) and indexes.
Note Print version record.
Summary "Spoken words process knowledge differently from writing. What happens when speech turns into text? In reappraising literary scholars' propensity to trace Jesus' sayings back to the assumed original version, the author argues that in the oral medium each rendition of a saying is the original. Orality works with multiple originals, rather than with single originality. In what may be the most extraordinary thesis of the book, Kelber argues that the written gospel is related less by evolutionary progression than by contradiction to what preceded it."--Jacket.
ISBN 0585109281 (electronic bk.)
9780585109282 (electronic bk.)
0253332303 (cl ; alk. paper)
0253210976 (pa ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 44958508
Additional Format Print version: Kelber, Werner H. Oral and the written Gospel. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1997 0253332303 (DLC) 96043119 (OCoLC)35360882
Table of Contents
 Foreword / Walter J. Ong 
 New Introduction 
1The Pre-Canonical Synoptic Transmission1
  Rudolf Bultmann's Model of Evolutionary Progression2
  Birger Gerhardsson's Model of Passive Transmission8
  Oral Transmission as Process of Social Identification and Preventive Censorship14
  The Dominant Paradigm of Linearity32
2Mark's Oral Legacy44
  Oral Voices and Values45
  Oral Syntax and Story64
  Orality and Actuality, Mythology and Mythoclasm70
  Oral Pluralism Versus Oral Gospel77
3Mark as Textuality90
  Textuality as Disorientation91
  Textuality as Reorientation105
  The Gospel as Written Parable117
  Textuality as Agent of Alienation and Liberation129
4Orality and Textuality in Paul140
  The Oral Gospel141
  The Written Law151
  The Oral Matrix of the Righteousness of God165
  The Rupture of Oral Synthesis168
5Death and Life in the Word of God184
  Textuality and the Death of the Messiah185
  The Oral Equation of the Earthly Jesus with the Living Lord199
  The Written Gospel as Counterform to Oral Speech207
  Parabolic Gospel - Oral Tradition - Jesus, the Parabolist211
 Index of Passages248
 Index of Authors252

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