About the pedagogy of Jesus and the later rabbis: Birger Gerhardsson's Memory and Manuscript as a contribution to New Testament research

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Abstract

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after its publication, Gerhardsson's work has found positive reappraisal in modern scholarship, even though it is outdated in several aspects.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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Pages (from-to)299-306
JournalNTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
Volume73
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Birgir Gerhardsson
  • Memory and Manuscript
  • oral tradition
  • teaching
  • memory
  • Jesus
  • Rabbinic tradition
  • New Testament

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