The translation of biblion and biblos in the light of oral and scribal practice

The Bible was composed both by way of oral tradition and by scribal activity. Various descriptions exist of the development and relationship of the dominant forms of orality and scribal tradition throughout the history of media culture. Utilising the insights of, and debate on, the field of Biblical...

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Published in: In die skriflig : tydskrif van die Gereformeerde Teologiese Vereniging Vol. 50; no. 3; pp. 1 - 11
Main Authors: Naudé, Jacobus A, Miller-Naudé, Cynthia L
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Portuguese
Afrikaans
Published: Potchefstroom AOSIS (Pty) Ltd 03-23-2016
Reformed Theological Society
AOSIS
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Summary: The Bible was composed both by way of oral tradition and by scribal activity. Various descriptions exist of the development and relationship of the dominant forms of orality and scribal tradition throughout the history of media culture. Utilising the insights of, and debate on, the field of Biblical Performance Criticism, this article argues for an articulated description of the interrelationship of oral and written. The article argues that these two aspects cannot be absolutely separated, either chronologically or in terms of importance, neither can they be ignored as part of a coherent model to depict the media history of the Bible. In the light of this model the article discusses the interpretation and translation of the words βιβλίον and βίβλος, which are sometimes misunderstood and mistranslated, because of a failure to understand the process of committing the oral biblical tradition to a preferred writing medium.
ISSN: 1018-6441
2305-0853
2305-0853
DOI: 10.4102/ids.v50i3.2060