Few scholars have influenced New Testament scholarship in the areas of orality, memory, and tradition more profoundly than Birger Gerhardsson. Today, as these topics have again become important in biblical scholarship, his pioneering work takes on a new light. Though the esteemed contributors may differ on issues in the burgeoning study, they have all enthusiastically taken on the dual task of evaluating Gerhardsson's contribution anew and bringing his insights up to date within the current debate. Additional contributors are Loveday Alexander (University of Sheffield), David E. Aune (University of Notre Dame), Martin S. Jaffee (University of Washington), Alan Kirk (James Madison University), Terence Mournet (North American Baptist Seminary), and Christopher Tuckett (University of Oxford/Pembroke College).
Werner H. Kelber is Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor Emeritus in Biblical Studies, Rice University. His other works include The Oral and the Written Gospel: The Hermeneutics of Speaking and Writing in the Synoptic Tradition; Mark, Paul, and Q; Mark's Story of Jesus; and The Kingdom in Mark: A New Place and a New Time). He lives in Bellville, Texas. Samuel Byrskog is Professor of New Testament, University of Lund. He is the author or editor of several books, including, most recently, Romarbrevet 1-8; Story as History--History as Story: The Gospel Tradition in the Context of Ancient Oral History; and Jesus the Only Teacher: Didactic Authority and Transmission in Ancient Israel, Ancient Judaism, and the Matthean Community. He lives in Lund, Sweden.
Introduction Samuel Byrskog Memory and Tradition in the Hellenistic Schools Loveday Alexander Jesus Tradition and the Pauline Letters David E. Aune Honi the Circler in Manuscript and Memory: An Experiment in "Re-Oralizing" the Talmudic Text Martin S. Jaffee Memory Alan Kirk The Jesus Tradition as Oral Tradition Terence C. Mournet Form Criticism Christopher Tuckett Conclusion: The Work of Birger Gerhardsson in Perspective Werner H. Kelber Bibliography Notes
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