Category Archives: Literacy & Orality

Notes on Early Christian Churches

Related posts: Notes on Early New Testament Manuscripts Notes on Population in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity From Encountering the Manuscripts: An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & New Testament by Philip W. Comfort (see Annotated Bibliography on New … Continue reading

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New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists 

Excerpt: …a new analysis of the handwriting suggests that literacy may have been far more widespread than previously known in the Holy Land around 600 B.C., toward the end of the First Temple period. The findings, according to the researchers … Continue reading

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The Reliability of the Oral Tradition That Preceded the New Testament

This 14:49 video discusses the oral tradition about Jesus which preceded, and was the basis for, the written texts we have in the New Testament. Excerpt (14:14 through 14:35): Scholars estimate the reliability of an oral tradition can last for … Continue reading

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Were the New Testament translations corrupted? – William Lane Craig

Were the New Testament translations corrupted? – YouTube.

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What Were the Disciples Saying About Jesus Prior to Writing the Gospels? | J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace shares a panel discussion with Gary Habermas. (6 min read; 1,494 words) What Were the Disciples Saying About Jesus Prior to Writing the Gospels? | Cold Case Christianity.

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A Deeper Look at the Reliability of the Bible by Craig Keener

In this post, Craig Keener looks at three different historical periods covered by the Bible – the times of Abraham, Israel’s Kings, and Jesus – and explains how our historical knowledge of each period differs.  In providing this nuance, Keener … Continue reading

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The Power of Oral Tradition in Ancient Cultures | Craig Blomberg, Craig Evans, and Mike Licona

This video is from Scott Sullivan.

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Dan Wallace and Darrell Bock on the Formation of the New Testament Canon

The first half of this clip features Dan Wallace; the second half, Darrell Bock. (Time 5:50)

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A Corrective on Orality in Early Christianity from Larry Hurtado

The link below takes you to an abstract of Larry’s full article.  (The article itself is 20 pages and heavily footnoted.) (1 min read; 253 words) “Performance Criticism”: A Critique | Larry Hurtado’s Blog.

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