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Jesus, the Voice, and the Text: Beyond The Oral and the Written Gospel
Thatcher, Tom, editor

Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2008 pp. viii + 317. $39.95


Description: 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.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Stephan Witetschek
Published 8/1/2009
Citation: Stephan Witetschek, review of Tom Thatcher, ed., Jesus, the Voice, and the Text: Beyond The Oral and the Written Gospel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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