[Synoptic-L] Re: AP
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.
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
* 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.
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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!