Holy Writ as Oral Lit: The Bible as Folklore
This book helps us resolve some of the mysteries and contradictions that evolved during the Bible's pre-written legacy and that persist in the Great Book today. Most biblical scholars acknowledge that both the Old and New Testaments were orally transmitted for decades before appearing in written form. With great reverence for the Bible, Dundes offers a new and exciting way to understand its variant texts. He uses the analytical framework of folklore to unearth and contrast the multiple versions of nearly every major biblical event, including the creation of woman, the flood, the ten commandments (there were once as many as eleven or twelve), the names of the twelve tribes, the naming of the disciples, the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord's Prayer, and the words inscribed on the Cross, among many others.
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The Bible as Folklore
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Abraham angels answered appears behold Bible Blessed bread brought called cast chapter Commandments consider daughter David different versions disciples drink duplicate earth Egypt elements event evidence example existence Exod Exodus face father five folklore folkloristic four gave Genesis give Gospels hand hath head hear heart heaven hundred identical instance Israel Jacob James Jerusalem Jesus John Joseph king legend lines literature Lord Luke Mark Matt Matthew mention Moses multiple myth narrative occurs Old Testament once oral tradition parallels pass passages Peter proverb Psalm question refer reports Saul say unto scholars second version sequence seven song sons speak story texts thee thine thing thou shalt thousand told took tree twelve unto variation voice wife writing written