Re: [GTh] Blog News
- Mark wrote:
> [Pagels] may simply have forgotten the measurements and then,Thanks for this extraordinarily perceptive and fecund point, Mark.
> having said "six-foot jar" once, made it part of the repeated story.
> That can happen in story-telling. We introduce an error inadvertently,
> but then re-tell it and embed it in our story until we forget the origin
> of it.
It's one aspect of orality that seems most concrete and graspable.
I'm not much of a story-teller myself, and not much of a fan of oral story-
telling either, but it's not uncommon among the folks I know, and I presume
that it was much more common the farther back in time we go. Off the top
of my head, I would guess that two aspects of the (oral) story-teller's art
are (1) exaggeration for effect, and (2) the elimination of details that
detract from the story. (Interestingly, the result would be amplification
of some parts of the story, simplification of others.) With respect to a
point under discussion, it strikes me that the move from the complexity of
"12 codices plus one treatise" to the simplicity of "13 codices" may well
be an example of aspect (2). In any case, I think that story-telling is an
important subject well worth investigating, not so much for Gos.Thom.
as for other gospels and religious stories, both canonical and non, that
have a significant story-line to them.