Samuel Byrskog's Story as History—History as Story: The Gospel Tradition in PDF

By Samuel Byrskog

ISBN-10: 0391041665

ISBN-13: 9780391041660

ISBN-10: 3161473051

ISBN-13: 9783161473050

Gteborg college (Sweden) affiliate Professor of latest testomony and Hermeneutics Samuel Byrskog employs versions from the interdisciplinary box of oral historical past and insights from cultural anthropology with the intention to clarify how oral bills usually interacted with written texts in early Christianity.

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A person involved remembers better than a disinterested observer. The recognition of this memory process implies that the "memorizer", the informant, is of vital importance as a social and psychological being, because, as Thompson develops in a subsequent chapter entitled "Memory and the Self', 4 5 memory is always subjective. We see the hidden truth behind the oral story only by taking seriously the informant's own feelings about the past. Such attention to the uniqueness of each account of an eyewitness presents of course a problem for the historian and needs therefore to be coupled with a sense of its representativeness by a careful method of strategic sampling.

53 Robbins' interdisciplinary approach is certainly a welcome attempt at establishing a coherent methodological framework for an integrated interchange between studies with the focus on story or on history. Although one might be less optimistic than Robbins as to the genuine interdisciplinary openness inherent in the powerful paradigms of scholars, each scholarly work has nevertheless been given a conceptual forum for how to relate to a broader spectrum of analysis and interpretation. The prime attention to the text takes seriously that the text is the "place" where both author and hearer/reader meet, where implied author and implied hearer/reader are present, and where modern critics of various paradigms are on common ground.

It is impossible to verify an extensive practice of private reading in Greek antiquity, as Rosier acknowledges. 41 The normal procedure was reading aloud to others. 42 Although he exaggerates the implication of his insight, A. K. , Conf. 6:3). 43 Reading was not to be done in privacy. Most people would thus hear rather than see the text, also in cases where a certain amount of literacy can be assumed. And thirdly, we do have ample evidence from cultural anthropology that oral cultures possess a rich awareness of genres.

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