NEW TESTAMENT TEXTS IN THE CONTEXT OF READING PRACTICES OF THE ROMAN PERIOD: THE ROLE OF MEMORY AND PERFORMANCE

Pieter J. J. Botha

Abstract


Study of New Testament documents is often subject to the inappropriate assumption
that “reading” entails disembodied decoding of inherent meanings. Reading is a
complex activity which is part of a cultural system, to be understood within pertinent
technological parameters. Memory was heavily emphasised in communication practices
of the Roman Period, and a cultural-historical understanding of texts from that
period should relate to such features.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1053

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