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Beyond the Written Word : Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion - William Albert Graham

Beyond the Written Word

Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion

Paperback Published: 10th May 1993
ISBN: 9780521448208
Number Of Pages: 324

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The concept of "scripture" as written religious text is reexamined in this close analysis of the traditions of oral use of the sacred writings of religions around the world. Pointing out the central importance of the oral and aural experience of religious texts in the life of religious communities of both Eastern and Western cultures, William Graham asserts the need for a new perspective on how scripture has been appropriated and used by the vast majority of all people who have been religious, most of whom could neither read nor write.

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'Graham's recovery of the oralaural tradition ... is a model of scholarly precision and richly suggestive for other, related investigations ... A compelling case for reassessing Christianity's dependence on the written text.' The Christian Century 'This book presents a lot of material that would have been beyond the ability of ordinary students of the history of religion to assemble, and it raises a subject that has been ignored for a very long time.' The Expository Times 'Well written for both graduate and undergraduate use.' Religious Studies Review

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Of Written and Spoken Wordsp. 9
Writing and Written Culturep. 11
The Print Textuality of Modern Culturep. 19
Books, Reading, and Literacy in the Premodern Westp. 30
Of Written and Spoken Scripturep. 45
Scripture in Judeo-Christian Perspectivep. 49
Holy Writ and Holy Wordp. 58
Scipture as Spoken Word: The Indian Paradigmp. 67
"An Arabic Reciting": Qur'an as Spoken Bookp. 79
Revelation and Recitationp. 81
Muslim Scripture as Spoken Wordp. 96
Voicing the Qur'an: Questions of Meaningp. 110
"The Lively Oracles of God": Bible as Spoken Wordp. 117
The Spoken Word of Christian Holy Writp. 119
God's Word in the Desertp. 126
Hearing and Seeing: The Rhetoric of Martin Lutherp. 141
Conclusionp. 155
Notesp. 173
Abbreviationsp. 239
Bibliographyp. 244
Index of Namesp. 285
Index of Subjectsp. 296
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ISBN: 9780521448208
ISBN-10: 0521448204
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 10th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.39  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.53

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