Text and Tradition in Performance and Writing
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Horsley synthesizes recent research in five areas--socioeconomics, oral cultures with limited literacy, oral and written scribal cultivation of texts, the developing Scriptures at Qumran, and the so-called 'rewritten Bible' texts--and calls for a fundamental reorientation of scholarly preconceptions in approaching the study of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Emphasizing the oral origins of Second Temple and early Christian textual traditions, and arguing that most ancients encountered the Scriptures only in oral performances, he leads the reader through an enriching tour of selected texts. Scholars, as well as general readers, will appreciate the corrective lens Horsley provides for those who are immersed in a print culture."
--Eugene Ulrich, Professor of Religion, Notre Dame