What is Performance Criticism?
- Reframes the biblical materials in the context of oral/scribal cultures of Judaism and early Christianity, aspects of which include the performance event, performer, audience, context, and text.
- Embraces many methods, including Historical Criticism, Narrative Criticism, Form and Genre Criticism, Reader-Response Criticism, Rhetorical Criticism, Textual Criticism, Orality Criticism, Speech Act Theory, Social-Science Criticism, Linguistic Criticism, The Art of Translation, Ideological Criticism, Theater Studies, and Oral Interpretation Studies.
- Constructs scenarios of ancient performances.
- Learns from contemporary performances of these materials through the translation, preparation, and performance of a text for group discussion of the performance event.
- Reinterprets biblical materials accordingly.
For more information see the articles by David Rhoads:
and the video by Eugene Botha: