New Testament: Oral Tradition For and Against

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Oral Tradition: By word of mouth
Reasons for not writing Reasons for writing
Avoid persecution Important, others need to know about
the Messiah
Many people were illiterate Keep the events in order
People may have been too amazed to Stop the stories being changed
write it
Not have writing utensils Able to show further generations
People didn't realise the importance Luke: `give clarity'
Would take a long time to write it Spread the word
Many memorised it off by heart It wouldn't be forgotten
People thought Jesus would return in Believers need guidance for worship
their lifetime so no need to write and prayers

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