The Written Record of the Spoken Word of God: Oral Verse in Religious Literature
Through the work of such scholars as William S. Graham we are coming to a greater appreciation of the oral aspects of scripture in religious studies. I will go further and argue for a new view of oral verse in opposition to written prose. Centrally, I will talk about the Bible; but I will also refer to the Koran, the scriptures of the Ancient Near East, India and China and Aboriginal song. I will argue against the orthodox view that a significant minority of the Bible is written in poetry and the rest in prose. Instead I will give arguments and evidence that the whole of the Old and New Testaments (except parts of Luke and perhaps Matthew) are oral verse.
The University of Sydney acknowledges that its campuses and facilities sit on the ancestral lands of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have for thousands of generations exchanged knowledge for the benefit of all.