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Title: Interdirectionality of transmission of Jesus and Gospel traditions in bilingual contexts
Author: Lee, Sangil
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2008
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Many scholars have assumed that Jesus and Gospel traditions have been transmitted in a unidirectional way from Judaeo-Palestinian into Hellenistic, from oral into written, and from Semitic into Greek. This means that the former three traditions (e.g. Judaeo-Palestinian, oral, and Semitic traditions) are earlier and more original than the latter three traditions (e.g. Hellenistic, written, and Greek traditions). The unidirectionality hypotheses of transmission of Jesus and Gospel traditions have driven many scholars to single out Judaeo-Palestinian, oral, and Semitic traditions from Hellenistic, written, and t. Greek traditions. The Semitisms with Judaeo-Palestinian feature and orality have functioned as criteria to judge many significant issues of the New Testament studies such as provenances of the Gospels, the Synoptic Problem, the Historical Jesus, and development of the christological titles. However, when we apply Sociolinguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, and General Linguistics to the linguistic situations of first-century Palestine and Roman Near East, the linguistic milieus should be considered as bilingualism in Greek and vernacular languages rather than monolingualism. The study of bilingualism serves to blur the three lines between each temporal border. Rather, it supports that the transmission of Jesus and Gospel traditions is interdirectional between Judaeo-Palestinian and Hellenistic, between oral and written, and between Semitic and Greek traditions. This implies that the three former traditions do not always have temporal priority over the three latter traditions. This study suggests that Semitisms with Judaeo-Palestinian feature and orality cannot be used as criteria to decide temporal priority at the levels of Syntax, Phonology, and Semantics.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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