Category Archives: Literacy & Orality

A Look at Oral Tradition/The Orality Phase of the Jesus Story « Ratio Christi-At The Ohio State University

A Look at Oral Tradition/The Orality Phase of the Jesus Story « Ratio Christi-At The Ohio State University.

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A Look at Oral Tradition/The Orality Phase of the Jesus Story « Ratio Christi-At The Ohio State University

A Look at Oral Tradition/The Orality Phase of the Jesus Story « Ratio Christi-At The Ohio State University.

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Are the New Testament Documents Histories or Primary Sources?

Actually, the best way for the New Testament documents to be understood by, and useful to, citizens of the 21st Century is to recognize that these documents were not directed to us.  Nor were any of these documents written to convince skeptics even … Continue reading

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Earliest Christianity Was Not a Literary Enterprise

The apostles did not hire literary agents so that they might become best-selling authors of the story of Messiah.  By most scholarly accounts, the first writing of the apostles that we have was written 15 to 20 years after the … Continue reading

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Were the Earliest Christians Only Concerned About Oral Tradition? | Canon Fodder

Michael J. Kruger comments briefly on the Apostolic Fathers and what their writings tell us about oral tradition and about early stages of New Testament canon formation. Were the Earliest Christians Only Concerned About Oral Tradition? | Canon Fodder.

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Modern Church, Ancient Church | timothymichaellaw

Timothy Michael Law blogs about his book which is due out next year from Oxford University Press:  When God Spoke Greek. Here’s an excerpt of the blog post which is an excerpt from the book, which he is still tweaking. … Continue reading

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The Old Testament of the Early Church | timothymichaellaw

Timothy Michael Law writes in anticipation of Ed Gallagher’s upcoming Hebrew Scripture in Patristic Biblical Theory: Canon, Language, Text, due to be published next month. Here’s an excerpt where Law describes his current thinking, pending reading of Gallagher’s book: Canon … Continue reading

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Dr. Darrell Bock-The issue of oral tradition « Ratio Christi-At The Ohio State University

Jesus did not commission His disciples to a literary enterprise.  They were to preach, and so they did.  The gospels we have were written many years into their ministry.  How did they recall what Jesus said and did so that … Continue reading

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What really happened to Jesus? A look at the early historical records « Wintery Knight

An excerpt: As historians evaluate the sources available for the resurrection of Jesus, a critical question is the dating of the sources. In relation to early testimony, historian David Hacket Fisher says, “An historian must not merely provide good relevant … Continue reading

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What Papias Said About the Gospels of Mark and Matthew

Church historian Eusebius (AD 263 – 339) here reports on what Papias had written in the first third of the Second Century: “When Mark was the interpreter [or translator] of Peter, he wrote down accurately everything that he recalled of … Continue reading

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