The Oral Tradition

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  • The Oral Tradition
    • Why it was written down
      • to record all necessary information
      • easier to collaborate pericopae
      • maintain accuracy
      • can spread quickly to anyone
      • eye-witnesses started dying *sitz im leben*
      • Apologetic literature - to warn of Parousia
        • Albert Schweitzer: 'when you are persecuted to one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes'
      • 'Since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus'
    • Why it wasn't written down
      • Cultural norm to have exceptional memories
      • Didn't have the resources available to type and write
      • Many could not read or write
      • Eye witnesses still able to tell their story
      • Fear of being found to support Christianity or Jesus to prevent persecution
        • It was a secretive and dangerous movement


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