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