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Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Memory-Tradition Nexus

Memory and Identity in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity,
Tom Thatcher ed., SBL, 2014, page 142

Alan Kirk writes about the role of an oral tradition in the formation of the synoptic gospels. The transition from memory to tradition may be shorter than we think, as he quotes Samuel Byrskog.

Oral tradition is the comminications medium for memory; "the observation of an eyewitness becomes, in a sense, tradition as soon as it is communicated from one person to another."

So we'd all better watch what we say!

Posted By Jonathan, 8:00am Comment Comments: