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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

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Published: 29th January 1988
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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.

'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

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Of Written and Spoken Words
Writing and written culture
The print textuality of modern culture
Books, reading and literacy in the premodern west
Of Written and Spoken Scripture
Scripture in Judeo-Christian perspective
Holy writ and holy word
Scripture as spoken word: the Indian paradigm
'An Arabic Reciting': Qur`an as Spoken Book
Revelation and recitation
Muslim scripture as spoken word
Voicing the Qur`an: questions of meaning
'The Lively Oracles of God': Bible as Spoken Word
The spoken word of Christian holy writ
God's word in the desert
Hearing and seeing: the rhetoric of Martin Luther
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521331760
ISBN-10: 0521331765
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 29th January 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.65