Difference Between Hearing and Reading About Jesus

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This study examines the difference between reading and hearing biblical texts, a difference demonstrated in ten studies wherein theories of aural and literal interpretation are applied to the Greek text of Mark 6:30-8:27a. The biblical texts used in the studies vary in the size, as do the themes and issues investigated.


“Dr. Waterford’s book on the reading and hearing of biblical texts which is a study of difference - Mark 6:30-8:27a is a significant new work not only in biblical studies but also in related fields such as theology and liturgy. ... The questions which emerge from this study will need to be addressed, like this study itself, not only theoretically but also in the arena of church and life and liturgy.” - Elaine Wainwright, Ph.D., University of Auckland

“The argument is broadly cogent, makes some contribution to exegesis (e.g. at 6.52), and should enlarge readers’ understanding of the whole gospel and how it functioned. It also attends to the different effects of different translations and the insertion of verse numbers. The work might persuade some of the value of learning Greek (which is less obvious than in the study of the epistles). . . .” – Robert Morgan, Linacre College, Oxford for Theological Book Review

Table of Contents

Foreword by Elaine Wainwright
Technical Preface
1 Introduction
2 Methodology
3 Theories Relating to Reading and Listening
4 Analysis of Segments of Mark’s Gospel
5 Applying Theories to Texts - Studies 1-3
6 Applying Theories to Texts - Studies 4-5
7 Applying Theories to Texts - Studies 6-10 and Composite Assessment
8 Orality and Mood in English Translations 9 Significance of the Results Appendix One - Summary of Theories Enunciated in Chapter Three Appendix Two - Additional Data Relating to the Meaning of ??? Appendix Three

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