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Title:

Orality Studies and the Exegesis of the Synoptic Gospels

Alternative title:

Orality Studies and the Exegesis of the Synoptic Gospels

ORCID:

0000-0001-9518-935X

Subject and Keywords:

orality   literacy   form criticism   synoptic Gospels   performance criticism   media criticism

Abstract:

The paper is a brief critical description of the main trends in the field of the exegesis of the synoptic Gospels, based on some observations on the phenomenon of orality in the ancient world. In the first part of the article we present some results obtained through form criticism and the critics of this method, by B. Gerhardsson, W. Kelber, K. Bailey and J. Dunn. It has been observed that the methods inspired by the oral-formulaic theory of Parry and Lord, as well as the conception, recently formulated by Dunn, of “Jesus remembered” are better than form criticism in describing the function of orality in the ancient world. The second part of the paper is devoted to the methodology of “performance criticism” and “media criticism”. We briefly discuss how scholars focusing on these paradigms concentrate on the oral/aural character of the synoptic Gospels, mainly on the acts of performance and the character of media transmission in antiquity.   The paper is a brief critical description of the main trends in the field of the exegesis of the synoptic Gospels, based on some observations on the phenomenon of orality in the ancient world. In the first part of the article we present some results obtained through form criticism and the critics of this method, by B. Gerhardsson, W. Kelber, K. Bailey and J. Dunn. It has been observed that the methods inspired by the oral-formulaic theory of Parry and Lord, as well as the conception, recently formulated by Dunn, of “Jesus remembered” are better than form criticism in describing the function of orality in the ancient world. The second part of the paper is devoted to the methodology of “performance criticism” and “media criticism”. We briefly discuss how scholars focusing on these paradigms concentrate on the oral/aural character of the synoptic Gospels, mainly on the acts of performance and the character of media transmission in antiquity.

Contributor:

Komsta, Alina Red.

Date issued:

2015-

Resource Type:

text

Identifier:

ISSN 2449-8181

Language:

eng   pol

Rights holder:

Copyright by Autorzy   Copyright by Pracownia Badań nad Tradycją Oralną