Category Archives: Literacy & Orality

“Jesus of Testimony” – New Documentary Testifies to the Historicity of Jesus Christ

First below, I’ve posted the trailer (3:34) for this new documentary, and then the documentary (2:14:34) itself. Jesus Of Testimony Trailer from Nesch Bros on Vimeo. Jesus Of Testimony from Nesch Bros on Vimeo. With Easter approaching, this is the … Continue reading

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Early Christian Orality Was Not Anti-Textual

Excerpt: 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. … Continue reading

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There Was Silent Reading in the Greco-Roman World

Larry Hurtado notes how some people will say that the ancient only read aloud – and disputes it. On Reading in the Roman World: A Key Book | Larry Hurtado’s Blog.

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Peter J. Williams Lectures on the Historical Reliability of the Gospel Narratives

Peter J. Williams lectures on the historical reliability of the gospel narratives | Wintery Knight. I have previously linked to this lecture by Peter Williams.  Nevertheless I’m posting this link to Wintery Knight as well because it adds a link … Continue reading

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Craig Evans on Literacy in Jesus’ Time

CRAIG EVANS PART 2 JESUS AND HIS WORLD (23:52) from St. John’s Nottingham. Craig Evans deals with the question, “Was Jesus literate?”  Evans mentions the city dump at the Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus which has turned up half a million documents.  Larry … Continue reading

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Judaism in the Second Temple Period: Synagogues « Reading Acts

Philo indicates the primary purpose for going to the synagogue was to study scripture. via Judaism in the Second Temple Period: Synagogues « Reading Acts.

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Craig Keener » Can we trust the disciples to have remembered Jesus’ teachings correctly?

Bible Background » Can we trust the disciples to have remembered Jesus’ teachings correctly? (by Craig Keener; video 6:32)

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Michael Kruger on 10 Misconceptions about the NT Canon: #8: “Early Christianity was an Oral Religion and Therefore Would Have Resisted Writing Things Down” | Canon Fodder

In this post Michael Kruger says: the lack of literacy is not the same thing as the lack of textuality. See Kruger’s full post at 10 Misconceptions about the NT Canon: #8: “Early Christianity was an Oral Religion and Therefore Would … Continue reading

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Porter and Dyer Take on Witherington « Orchard Keeper

This post provides a counter weight to Ben Witherington’s emphasis on orality, at the expense of emphasizing literacy, in New Testament times.  Obviously, we see elements of both in the New Testament documents and it’s wise to keep them both … Continue reading

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Christian Apologetics UK: Oral Tradition, the Gospels and Justin Bieber

Christian Apologetics UK: Oral Tradition, the Gospels and Justin Bieber.

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