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  • Tim Reynolds
    Mark: http://religion.rutgers.edu/nt/primer/form.html defines Formgeschichte as: A systematic method of analyzing the genres of the basic oral units preserved
    Message 1 of 40 , Mar 11, 2003
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      Mark:

      http://religion.rutgers.edu/nt/primer/form.html defines Formgeschichte as:

      A systematic method of analyzing the genres of the basic oral units
      preserved in literary works to clarify the history of their formation. The
      term comes from the title of a 1919 book by Martin Dibelius, Die
      Formgeschichte des Evangeliums (literally: the form history of the gospels).
      Fifty years before Marshall McLuhan popularized the idea that "the medium is
      the message," Dibelius insisted that

      * nothing is remembered or communicated without some form; &
      * the form in which something is preserved shapes the contents.

      [snip]

      If we are indeed dealing with what the Shakespeareans call Auditory Piracy,
      all Jesus¹ synoptic dicta are of the genre Joke, with such Dibelian genres
      as Shaggy Dog, Traveling Salesman, Dumb Blonde).

      The Joke is transmitted from memory to memory in two parts, the armature and
      the punchline. The punchline is invariable (³Take up thy bed and walk²),
      the armature necessarily subject to endemic variation in realworld
      reproduction and open to improvement. Thus (confining ourselves always to
      synoptic dicta):

      * nothing is remembered or communicated without an au pied punchline; &
      * the armature preserves the shape but not (because oral) au pied.

      In this case the Dibelian genres are irrelevant: parables and narratives
      are both Jokes.

      Dibelius (like all of you) is tacitly presupposing a mode of textual
      transmission, copying from an open book. And as long as this is indeed the
      form of transmission no problems arise, and dictation for publication
      purposes generates texts substantially indistinguishable from copied texts.
      But if you are dealing with Auditory Piracy, your texts are going to have
      irregularities not accounted for by your presupposed transmission mode
      (notably endemic minor verbal inaccuracy and brevity of the "pirate" text
      relative to the original). So we have salient textual characteristics that
      have not been addressed because they are not supposed to be generated by the
      transmission mode supposed to be operating.

      Hence this surprisingly intractable Problem.

      tim


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    • Maluflen@aol.com
      In a message dated 3/11/2003 8:27:12 PM Pacific Standard Time, ... Cela veut dire: vous avez certainement raison! Leonard Maluf In a message dated 3/11/2003
      Message 40 of 40 , Mar 12, 2003
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        In a message dated 3/11/2003 8:27:12 PM Pacific Standard Time, jlupia2@... writes:


        Oui, Larry, vous êtes certainement correct.


        Cela veut dire: vous avez certainement raison!

        Leonard Maluf
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