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Title: Oral Ethos of the Early Church: Speaking, Writing, and the Gospel of Mark
Author: Dewey, Joanna
Publisher: Cascade Books; Publication Date: 2013
Paperback; ISBN: 9781606088524
Volumes: 1; Pages: 222
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To experience the gospel message as first-century people heard it is to move into an oral world, one with very little reliance on manuscripts. The essays in this book explore this oral world and the Gospel of Mark within it. They demonstrate the oral style of Mark's gospel, which suggests that it was composed orally, transmitted orally in its entirety by literate and nonliterate storytellers, and survived to become part of the canon only because it was widely known orally. Women's storytelling also thrived during the first centuries of Christianity. With the transition to manuscript authority beginning in the middle of the second century, women's voices were often minimized, trivialized, or completely omitted in written versions. Further, when the Gospel of Mark was one of four written Gospels these voices were quickly ignored. An ancient audience hearing Mark performed, however, enjoyed a vibrant experience of the gospel message and its urgent call to follow.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Abbreviations -- Part 1. The Oral-Written Media World -- 1. Textuality in an Oral Culture: A Survey of the Pauline Traditions -- 2. The Gospel of John in its Oral-Written Media World -- Part 2. Oral Patterning in Mark and Implications for Interpretation of Mark -- 3. The Literary Structure of the Controversy Stories in Mark 2:1-3:6 -- 4. Mark as Interwoven Tapestry: Forecasts and Echoes for a Listening Audience -- 5. Oral Methods of Structuring Narrative in Mark -- 6. The Gospel of Mark as an Oral/Aural Event: Implications for Interpretation -- 7. The Gospel of Mark as Oral Hermeneutic -- Part 3. Wider Implications of the Oral Media World -- 8. From Storytelling to Written Text: The Loss of Early Christian Women's Voices -- 9. Women on the Way: A Reconstruction of Late First-Century Women's Storytelling -- 10. The Survival of Mark's Gospel: A Good Story? -- 11. Our Text of Mark How Similar to First Century Versions? -- Bibliography -- Index of Ancient Documents -- Author Index.
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