By William Albert Graham
The concept that of "scripture" as written non secular textual content is reexamined during this shut research of the traditions of oral use of the sacred writings of religions world wide. stating the relevant value of the oral and aural event of non secular texts within the lifetime of non secular groups of either jap and Western cultures, William Graham asserts the necessity for a brand new viewpoint on how scripture has been appropriated and utilized by the majority of every body who've been spiritual, such a lot of whom might neither learn nor write.
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Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion by William Albert Graham