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Ancient Journalism August 21, 2008

Bill Heroman has been posting on the possibility of Matthew having taken notes about things that Jesus said and did during his public ministry. Since I’ve been thinking quite a bit about orality and the Jesus tradition, I joined in the conversation. The subject of how common it was for notes to be taken by individuals in various circumstances (e.g. serving in a royal court as scribe, becoming the disciple of a rabbi, philosopher or other teacher, and so on) is an important one, but I notice a lot of “possibly” and “could have” in the list. I know other readers of my blog are interested in these subjects, and so do take a look if you have a chance.
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