> Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 11:49:43 +1100
> From: RHS <diadem@...>
> Subject: Readers etc
> Just a couple of ideas to add. I seem to remember
> that Paul went on for some time at Troas, prolonging
> his talk until midnight. I am sure all those there
remembered every word he said
I agree with most of what you said in your post, but
think you made an unfortunate choice of examples.
Acts 20:7b and fwd.
"Paul discoursed with them. . .and prolonged his
speech until midnight. And there there were many
lights in the upper chamberr where we were gathered
together. And there sat in the window a certain young
man named Eutychus, borne down with deep sleep; and as
Paul discoursed yet longer. . . he fell down from the
third story, and was taken up dead."
It seems the lengthy rhetoric in some cases brought on
forgetfulness which may be why we invented easier and
surer ways of taking notes.
In the early centuries of the church, a priest would
be expected to memorize the 150 Psalms and the New
Today, I have the English Church liturgy committed to
memory, as has most of the regulars in the
congregation I serve. I know people who have large
parts of the Bible committed to memory. One man I know
can recite the entire New Testament as well as much of
the Old. We remember what we use regularly. At one
time in a church I served, there was a group of young
people who memorized and acted out plays every three
months. As director, I found myself memorizing the
entire play, as did many of the students.
From my observation, I believe that a tradition can be
passed on intact if it is used, that is repreated,
often enough to become memorized. For poor Eutychus,
I think the only memorable part of the event might be
the fall and its aftermath. If he ever came to know
anything of Paul's teaching, it would have been
because the elders at Troas repreated it often in the
days after his visit.
Church of the Good Shepherd
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