Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion

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Overview

Concentrating on the unique orality of Indian sacred texts, the problem of scripture and the importance of holy writ and holy word in religious life are explored in the context of a global religious phenomenon.
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"The implications of this book are extensive...Graham has convincingly shown that useful and meaningful study of 'scripture,' of sacred texts, past, present or future, has to reckon with both the spoken and written word." America

"Graham's recovery of the oral/aural tradition in Beyond the Written Word is a model of scholarly precision and richly suggestive for other, related investigations. His documentation is extensive, his writing pleasantly free of jargon, and his bibliography impressive. Graham makes a compelling case for reassessing Christianity's dependence on the written text." The Christian Century

"This thoughtful, innovative, and very-well-researched work, initially published in 1987 and now reissued as a paperback, has the potential to deliver the scholarly equivalent of a knockout punch. The author's aim is sure. His timing and technique is flawless. But the target comprises a set of attitudes so subtle and yet so conspicuous that it is all but impossible to find where to land the blow. As a result, the full impact of the argument has at once a stunning and stimulating effect." International Journal of Middle East Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521331760
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/1988
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Part I Of Written and Spoken Words 9
1 Writing and Written Culture 11
2 The Print Textuality of Modern Culture 19
3 Books, Reading, and Literacy in the Premodern West 30
Part II Of Written and Spoken Scripture 45
4 Scripture in Judeo-Christian Perspective 49
5 Holy Writ and Holy Word 58
6 Scipture as Spoken Word: The Indian Paradigm 67
Part III "An Arabic Reciting": Qur'an as Spoken Book 79
7 Revelation and Recitation 81
8 Muslim Scripture as Spoken Word 96
9 Voicing the Qur'an: Questions of Meaning 110
Part IV "The Lively Oracles of God": Bible as Spoken Word 117
10 The Spoken Word of Christian Holy Writ 119
11 God's Word in the Desert 126
12 Hearing and Seeing: The Rhetoric of Martin Luther 141
Conclusion 155
Notes 173
Abbreviations 239
Bibliography 244
Index of Names 285
Index of Subjects 296
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