Oral-scribal dimensions of scripture, piety, and practice : Judaism, Christianity, Islam
- edited by Werner H. Kelber and Paula A. Sanders.
- Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, 2016.
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In April 2008 a conference was convened at Rice University that brought together experts in the three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The papers discussed at the conference are presented here, revised and updated. The thirteen contributions comprise the keynote address by John Miles Foley; three essays on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible; three on the New Testament; three on the Qur'an; and two summarizing pieces, by the Africanist Ruth Finnegan and the Islamicist William Graham respectively. The central thesis of the book states that sacred Scripture was experienced by the three faiths less as a text contained between two covers and a literary genre, and far more as an oral phenomenon. In developing the performative, recitative aspects of the three religions, the authors directly or by implication challenge their distinctly textual identities. Instead of viewing the three faiths as quintessential religions of the book, these writers argue that the religions have been and continue to be appropriated not only as written but also very much as oral authorities, with the two media interpenetrating and mutually influencing each other in myriad ways.
- List of Contributors p. ix
- Preface p. xiii
- Acknowledgments p. xxvii
- 1 Ancient and Modern Democracies: Orality, Texts, and Electronic Media p. 1
- 2 Torah on the Heart: Literary Jewish Textuality within Its Ancient Near Eastern Context p. 21
- 3 Guarding Oral Transmission: Within and between Cultures p. 49
- 4 The Interplay between Written and Spoken Word in the Second Testament as Background to the Emergence of Written Gospels p. 67
- 5 Oral and Written Communication and Transmission of Knowledge in Ancient Judaism and Christianity p. 89
- 6 Oral and Written Aspects of the Emergence of the Gospel of Mark as Scripture Richard A. Horsley p. 110
- 7 The History of the Closure of Biblical Texts p. 137
- 8 Two Faces of the Quran: Quran and Mushaf p. 170
- 9 Biblical Performance Criticism: Performance as Research p. 188
- 10 The Constitution of the Qur'an as a Codified Work: Paradigm for Codifying Hadith and the Islamic Sciences? p. 240
- 11 From Jahiliyyah to Badi'iyyah: Orality, Literacy, and the Transformations of Rhetoric in Arabic Poetry p. 255
- 12 Response from an Africanist Scholar Ruth Finnegan p. 280
- 13 Summation William A. Graham p. 292
- Scripture Index p. 303
- Subject Index p. 310