The Fourth Gospel in First-Century Media Culture

Edited by Anthony Le Donne and Tom Thatcher

Fourth_GospelWerner Kelber’s The Oral and the Written Gospel substantially challenged predominant paradigms for understanding early Jesus traditions and the formation of written Gospels. Since that publication, a more precise and complex picture of first–century media culture has emerged. Yet while issues of orality, aurality, performance, and mnemonics are now well voiced in Synoptic Studies, Johannine scholars remain largely unaware of such issues and their implications. The highly respected contributors to this book seek to fill this lacuna by exploring various applications of orality, literacy, memory, and performance theories to the Johannine Literature in hopes of opening new avenues for future discussion.

Mark as Story

Retrospect and Prospect

Edited by Kelly R. Iverson and Christopher W. Skinner

Mark_as_Story_revisitedMark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel, originally published in 1982 and extensively revised in 1999, was a turning point in Gospel studies, both for the contribution it made to Markan scholarship and for the methodological insights that it advanced. This volume celebrates Mark as Story and offers critique, engagement, and exploration of the new hermeneutical vistas that emerged in the wake of this pioneering study. In these essays, leading international Markan scholars discuss various texts and themes in the Second Gospel, reflect upon the rise of narrative criticism, and offer a glimpse at future trends in Gospels research.

The Interface of Orality and Writing

Hearing, Seeing, Writing in New Genres

edited by Annette Weissenrieder and Robert B. Coote

coming in Sept 2010 from Mohr Siebeck

The essays in this collection address the competing and complementary roles of visual media, forms of memory, oral performance, and literacy and popular culture in the ancient Mediterranean world. Incorporating both customary and innovative perspectives, the essays advance the frontiers of our understanding of the nature of ancient texts as regards audibility and performance, the vital importance of the visual in the comprehension of texts, and basic concepts of communication, particularly the need to account for disjunctive and non-reciprocal social relations in communication.

Oral and Manuscript Culture in the Bible:

Studies on the Media Texture of the New Testament—Explorative Hermeneutics

by J. A. (Bobby) Loubser loubser_book.jpg

Stellenbosch: Sun Press, 2007. Pp. vii + 205. Paper. ISBN 9781920109189. 

From the Review by Alan Kirk (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia):

  This volume (published just prior to Prof. Loubser’s untimely death last year) is an important addition to the growing number of studies that approach biblical texts in light of ancient compositional and media realities. Loubser’s core concern in this wide-ranging study is to describe the manuscript medium as the outcome of a complex convergence of oral, writing, and memory practices. 

Read Alan Kirk's full review (in Review of Biblical Literature)