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Social Concepts of the Bible, Part 5A: Literacy and Listening

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Uploaded on Feb 9, 2012

Part 1 of 2 in which we look at the uses and effects of oral transmission in the world of the Bible. How did people communicate differently in a social world where as few as one percent of the population could read?

Here are the books recommended:

Singer of Tales by Albert Lord, and Oral Tradition as History by Jan Vansina, are on non-Biblical models of oral transmission that are of a less reliable nature (but still often very accurate).

Proclaiming the Gospel by Whitney Shiner is a specific study of how Mark's Gospel was created for an oral/aural environment.

Wax Tablets of the Mind by Jocelyn Small, and Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece by Rosalind Thomas, take a look at models for memory and orality in the Greco-Roman world.

David Carr's Writing on the Tablet of the Heart looks at these models in the world of ancient Israel and neighboring nations.

Samuel Byrskog's Story and History, History as Story, and Robert McIver's Jesus, Memory, and the Synoptic Gospels are studies on the use of memory and orality in the Christian community and the teachings of Jesus.

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