Werner Kelber's The Oral and the Written Gospel (1983) introduced biblical scholars to interdisciplinary trends in the study of ancient media culture. The book is now widely recognized as a milestone and it has spurred wide-ranging scholarship. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of its publication, new developments in orality theory, literacy theory, and social approaches to memory call for a programmatic reappraisal of past research and future directions. This volume address these concerns. Kelber himself is interviewed at the beginning of the book and, in a closing essay, he reflects on the significance of the project and charts a course for the future.
Tom Thatcher is Professor of Biblical Studies at Cincinnati Christian University.
Beyond Texts and Traditions: Werner Kelberas Media History of Christian Origins - Tom Thatcher "Itas Not Easy to Take a Fresh Approach": Reflections on The Oral and Written Gospel (An Interview with Werner Kelber) - Werner Kelber and Tom Thatcher Oral Performance and Mark: Some Implications of The Oral and the Written Gospel , Twenty-Five Years Later- Richard A. Horsley The Gospel of Mark as Oral Hermeneutic - Joanna Dewey Storytelling in Oral and Written Media Contexts of the Ancient Mediterranean World - Holly E. Hearon Vice Catalogues as OralaMnemonic Cues: A Comparative Study of the Two Ways Tradition in the Didache and Parallels from the Perspective of Oral Tradition - Jonathan Draper Human Memory and the Sayings of Jesus: Contemporary Experimental Exercises in the Transmission of Jesus Traditions - April D. DeConick The Gospel of Trajan - Arthur J. Dewey The Scar of the Cross: The Violence Ratio and the Earliest Christian Memories of Jesus - Chris Keith and Tom Thatcher Manuscript Tradition as a Tertium Quid: Orality and Memory in Scribal Practices - Alan Kirk The OralaScribalaMemorial Arts of Communication in Early Christianity - Werner H. Kelber Notes Works Cited Contributors