In the Mail

My CBD order came in today. Here’s what I got:

Twilight of the Gods — David Penchansky

Can We Trust the Gospels? — Mark D. Roberts

Enthroned on Our Praise: An Old Testament Theology of Worship — Timothy M. Pierce

The Trinitarian Ethics of Jonathan Edwards — William Danaher

All super cheap!



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  1. I have can we trust the gospels, it has some good points, one of them driven home is about oral reliability. Greg Boyd had a cool essay on these kinds of narratives, I quote:
    “Oral Traditions and Extended Narratives
    One of the assumptions that is now being overturned in the discipline of orality studies is the longstanding idea that oral traditions are incapable of transmitting extended narratives. It was commonly assumed that long narratives simply would have been too difficult to remember to be passed on reliably. Unfortunately for this assumption, a large number of fieldwork studies over the last several decades have “brought to light numerous long oral epics in the living traditions of Central Asia, India, Africa, and Oceania, for example.” Hence, argues Lauri Honko, “[t]he existence of genuine long oral epics can no longer be denied.” (6) In fact, oral narratives lasting up to 25 hours and requiring several days to perform have been documented! (7) Indeed, oral performances — that is, times when the community’s narrator (or “tradent”) passes on oral traditions to the community — almost always presuppose a broader narrative framework even when the narrative itself is not explicitly included in the performance. (8) There is, therefore, no longer any reason to suspect that the narrative framework of Jesus’ life was the fictional creation of the Gospel authors.”

    (6) Honko, “Introduction: Oral and Semiliterary Epics,” in The Epic: Oral and Written (eds., L. Honko, J. Handoo, and J. M. Foley; Mysore, India: Central Institute of Indian Languages, 1998) 9.

    (7) Honko himself has witnessed one oral narrative that took seven days to complete. Honko, Textualizing the Siri Epic, 15.

    (8) See Honko, Textualizing the Siri Epic, 193-4. The broader narrative is sometimes referred to as “the mental text” of the community. Each particular oral performance, whether written out (as with the Gospels) or not, presupposes the whole narrative and expresses a part of the broader narrative.

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