Early Christian Orality Was Not Anti-Textual


Rodriguez represents a fresh voice in orality studies because he makes the important shift away from trying to identify traces of orality in written texts and toward understanding the roles of texts within cultural environments characterized by majority illiteracy. ┬áIn other words, in rightly asserting that early Christianity was an “oral” culture, he does not make the subsequent and erroneous claim that it was, in some way, anti-textual, which has been a shortcoming of much previous research in orality.

The Jesus Blog: Rafael Rodriguez’s Oral Tradition and the New Testament–Chris Keith.

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