The Oral Gospel Tradition: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD
The Oral Gospel Tradition
When James D.G. Dunn died in 2020, I took the opportunity to write a small remembrance which you can read here (https://www.phoenixpreacher.com/giants-walked-the-earth/). In that remembrance, I made reference to one of his last books, ‘The Oral Gospel Tradition’ published in 2013. This work explores, in depth, the 30 – 50 years between the death of Christ and the appearance of the Synoptic Gospels and examines the oral tradition which kept alive those stories, parables and sayings which would later appear in a written form.
As an introduction to this work, Eerdmans produced a short interview with Dunn which provides an overview of his research and conclusions. The video clip is just over 13 minutes in length, yet it touches on a vital topic of New Testament research that reaches beyond the texts to the earliest Christian communities. This is an opportunity to engage with a preeminent New Testament scholar and, I hope, to be encouraged to go further in your own theological reflections.
As always, comments and questions are welcomed.