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Title: Listening for meaning : towards the development of aural approaches to exegesis in Mark
Author: MacGregor, Alan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2709 7068
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2011
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The purpose of this thesis is to move towards the establishment of an array of oral/aural exegetical filters, which scholars and expositors may apply in their own work.  The thesis opens with a survey of how Mark’s Gospel has been regarded, since it was first written down. This survey commences with the use that the Early Church Fathers made of the Gospel, then through the Middle Ages to Renaissance/Reformation usage, and on to the developing focus of Enlightenment scholarship on Mark.  The survey moves on to look at the development of historical-critical approaches within biblical studies, through source, form and redaction criticism, before moving on to more recent, literary approaches to the Gospel.  Oral approaches are then examined in more depth, with particular reference to the works of Parry, Lord, Havelock, in the field of oral composition, and Ong’s taxonomy of orality.  We seek firmly to establish not only the validity of an oral/aural methodology for New Testament exegesis but also, arising out of an exploration of the essential difference between oral and typographical noetics, the necessity of adopting such a methodology, which incorporates both ancient rhetoric and modern discourse analysis as part of its overall approach. In order to contextualise our oral/aural methodology, we explore the provenance of orality/aurality as the predominant communications milieu of the first century eastern Mediterranean, we examine Mark’s aural world in terms of the influences of the different languages, which were current in that part of the Graeco-Roman Empire.  Finally, there is an outline of the processes and several examples, taken from Mark’s Gospel, of the eclectic application of the aural exegetical filters, which have been identified in the course of the thesis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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