The Interface of Orality and Writing: Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres

The Interface of Orality and Writing: Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres

by Annette Weissenrieder

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Overview

How did the visual, the oral, and the written interrelate in antiquity? The essays in this collection address the competing and complementary roles of visual media, forms of memory, oral performance, and literacy and popular culture in the ancient Mediterranean world. Incorporating both customary and innovative perspectives, the essays advance the frontiers of our understanding of the nature of ancient texts as regards audibility and performance, the vital importance of the visual in the comprehension of texts, and basic concepts of communication, particularly the need to account for disjunctive and non-reciprocal social relations in communication. Thus the contributions show how the investigation of the interface of the oral and written, across the spectrum of seeing, hearing, and writing, generates new concepts of media and mediation.

Annette Weissenrieder, Associate Professor of New Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, is author of Images of Illness in the Gospel of Luke. Insights in Ancient Medical Texts and many other books. Her main areas of research are ancient architecture, especially of temples, Vetus Latina Luke and Matthew, Greco-Roman medicine and philosophy, and New Testament anthropology.

Robert B. Coote is Nathaniel Gray Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Professor of Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. He is the author of Amos Among the Prophets, The Emergence of Early Israel in Historical Perspective, The Bible's First History, Early Israel, and In Defense of Revolution: The Elohist History, among other works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498237420
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Series: Biblical Performance Criticism
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 458
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Annette Weissenrieder, Associate Professor of New Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, is author of Images of Illness in the Gospel of Luke. Insights in Ancient Medical Texts and many other books. Her main areas of research are ancient architecture, especially of temples, Vetus Latina Luke and Matthew, Greco-Roman medicine and philosophy, and New Testament anthropology.

Robert B. Coote is Nathaniel Gray Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Professor of Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. He is the author of Amos Among the Prophets, The Emergence of Early Israel in Historical Perspective, The Bible's First History, Early Israel, and In Defense of Revolution: The Elohist History, among other works.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I Introduction: Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres

Hebrew Bible and Oral Literature: Misconceptions and New Directions Susan Niditch 3

Orality and Writing in Ancient Philosophy: Their Interrelationship and the Shaping of Literary Forms Teun L. Tieleman 19

From Oral Conversations to Written Texts: Randomness in the Transmission of Rabbinic Traditions Catherine Hezser 36

Mark: News as Tradition Antoinette Clark Wire 52

The History of the Closure of Biblical Texts Werner Kelber 71

Part II Speaking in the Shaping of New Genres

Plenitude and Diversity: Interactions between Orality and Writing John Miles Foley 103

Transmissions from Scripturality to Orality: Hearing the Voice of Jesus in Mark 4:1-34 Kristina Dronsc 119

Memory and Form Criticism: The Typicality of Memory as a Bridge between Orality and Literality in the Early Christian Remembering Process Ruben Zimmermann 130

The Gospel of Mark in the Interface of Orality and Writing Richard A. Horsley 144

Performance Events in Early Christianity: New Testament Writings in an Oral Context David Rhoads 166

Performance Criticism as an Exegetical Method: A Story, Three Insights, and Two Jokes David Trobisch 194

Part III Seeing in the Shaping of New Genres

A Theory of the Message for New Testament Writings or Communicating the Words of Jesus: From Angelos to Euangelion Kristina Dronsch Annette Weissenrieder 205

Women Prophets/Maenads Visually Represented in Two Roman Colonies: Pompeii and Corinth David L. Balch 236

The Didactics of Images: The Fig Tree in Mark 11:12-14 and 20-21 Annette Weissenried 260

Part IV Writing in the Shaping of New Genres

A "lying pen of the scribes" (Jer 8:8)? Orality and Writing in the Formation of Prophetic Books Annette Schellenber 285

Writing Songs, Singing Songs: The Oral and the Written in the Commission of the Levitical Singers (1 Chr 25:1-6) Roger S. Nam 310

"Call on me in the day of trouble…" From Oral Lament to Lament Psalms Andreas Schuele 322

"Publishing" a Gospel: Notes on Historical Constraints to Gospel Criticism Pieter J.J. Botha 335

The Sovereignty of the Son of Man: Reading Mark 2 Daniel Boyarin 353

Scripture and the Writer of Mark Robert B. Coott 363

Mapping Written and Spoken Word in the Gospel of Mark Holly Hearon 379

Writing in Character: Claudius Lysias to Felix as a Double-Pseudepigrapbon (Acts 23:26-30) Trevor W. Thompso 393

List of Authors 409

Index of Sources 413

Index of Names 426

Subject Index 429

Errata and Corrigenda 439

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