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10564Re: [GTh] Redman's Response to Goodacre's Thomas Book

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  • JamesFrankMcGrath
    Mar 27, 2013
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      Hopefully the image used can show what is wrong with this reasoning, and why fewer and fewer scholars adopt the stance if they have kept up to date on the study of orality and memory. "Photographic" memory is the ability to recall what was seen or read. But the more one is dealing with an oral society, the more on has to talk about memory functioning in the absence of a written text which makes words available pictorially.

      With such a text available, in a society with literacy, one can read and repeat the same words over and over again and commit them to memory that way. But that requires writing as a means to memorization. Without such a visual or other verbatim transcript, the very notion of repeating the exact same words becomes meaningless and at best impossible to verify.

      Best wishes,


      Dr. James F. McGrath
      Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature
      Butler University

      --- In gthomas@yahoogroups.com, Tom Reynolds <tomreynolds_ilan@...> wrote:
      > Mark-
      > This could be flawed the other way. Quite a few scholars see oral societies as having virtually photographic memories with the ability to recite entire passages verbatum. They cite current oral societies as having this ability.
      > Tom
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