Birgir Gerhardsson's Memory and Manuscript (1961) challenged the field of New Testament Studies by arguing that both the New Testament and rabbinic traditions were originally oral traditions that - even after being written down - continued to be transmitted orally. Although Gerhardsson's book met severe criticism initially, this article shows that more than half a century after its publication, Gerhardsson's work has found positive reappraisal in modern scholarship, even though it is outdated in several aspects. After sketching both the outline of the book and its reception this article discusses the personal experience of the author in studying and teaching Gerhardsson's important study.
|Journal||NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Birgir Gerhardsson
- Memory and Manuscript
- oral tradition
- Rabbinic tradition
- New Testament