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

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

by William Albert Graham
ISBN-10:
0521331765
ISBN-13:
9780521331760
Pub. Date:
01/29/1988
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521331760
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/29/1988
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
Part IOf Written and Spoken Words9
1Writing and Written Culture11
2The Print Textuality of Modern Culture19
3Books, Reading, and Literacy in the Premodern West30
Part IIOf Written and Spoken Scripture45
4Scripture in Judeo-Christian Perspective49
5Holy Writ and Holy Word58
6Scipture as Spoken Word: The Indian Paradigm67
Part III"An Arabic Reciting": Qur'an as Spoken Book79
7Revelation and Recitation81
8Muslim Scripture as Spoken Word96
9Voicing the Qur'an: Questions of Meaning110
Part IV"The Lively Oracles of God": Bible as Spoken Word117
10The Spoken Word of Christian Holy Writ119
11God's Word in the Desert126
12Hearing and Seeing: The Rhetoric of Martin Luther141
Conclusion155
Notes173
Abbreviations239
Bibliography244
Index of Names285
Index of Subjects296

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