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Bringing the Word to Life: Engaging the New Testament through Performing It
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Bringing the Word to Life: Engaging the New Testament through Performing It

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Eerdmans 2013

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Overview

The New Testament books were written to be read aloud. The original audiences of these texts would have been unfamiliar with our current practice of reading silently and processing with our eyes rather than our ears. Richard F. Ward and David J. Trobisch argue that we can learn much about the New Testament through performing it ourselves. Bringing the Word to Life walks the reader through what we know about the culture of performance in the first and second centuries, what it took to perform an early New Testament manuscript, the benefits of performance for teaching, and practical suggestions for exploring New Testament texts through performance today.

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Key Features

  • Discussses the benefits of performance for teaching
  • Addresses what we know about the culture of performance in the first and second centuries
  • Contains practical suggestions for exploring New Testament texts through performance

Contents

  • Performance in Antiquity
  • How Performance Criticism Informs the Interpretation of the Text
  • Performance Today: From Preparation to Review

Praise for the Print Edition

Bringing the Word to Life is a singularly valuable study of performance as criticism. . . . Ward and Trobisch commend to us a reception of the Holy Scriptures as living literature that moves the human heart to tears and laughter, empathy and compassion, and, not least, faith. Further, they encourage recapture of the nearly lost art of memorization.

Charles L. Bartow, Carl and Helen Egner Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

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About the Authors

Richard F. Ward is Fred B. Craddock Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Phillips Theological Seminary. He is the author of Speaking of the Holy: The Art of Communication in Preaching.

David J. Trobisch is internationally recognized as a scholar for his work on Paul’s letters, the formation of the Christian Bible, and biblical manuscripts.