• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion (Hardback)
  • Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion (Hardback)
zoom

Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion (Hardback)

(author)
£67.00
Hardback 324 Pages / Published: 29/01/1988
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
The concept of 'scripture' as written religious text is re-examined 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 first probes the history of literacy, focusing on the prominent role of the written word in modern Western culture and its history in Western civilisation. He then considers the unique case of scripture, examining the problems of communication of texts to illiterate or semi-literate religious communities, the various oral uses of scripture, and affective impact of the spoken holy word vis-a-vis the silently written page.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521331760
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Graham's recovery of the oral\aural 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

You may also be interested in...

Event
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Righteous Mind
Added to basket
The Bhagavad Gita
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
Added to basket
The End of Faith
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Fear and Trembling
Added to basket
Fear and Trembling
Added to basket
A History Of God
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Happiness Hypothesis
Added to basket
Islam
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Beyond Good and Evil
Added to basket
Pagan Britain
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Sickness Unto Death
Added to basket
Conversations With God
Added to basket
A History of Christianity
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.