Date: Mon Apr 20 1998 - 01:49:29 EDT
Micheal Palmer wrote:
> At 9:05 AM -0700 4/19/98, email@example.com wrote:
> >. . . I really want to think that memorization of a text on
> >the first reading of it was fairly common... And if true, would seem
> >to have an important impact on our approach to understanding texts,
> >although I really do not know what, exactly, that might be...
> I have seen no evidence that would suggest that this was done. There is
> plenty of evidence to suggest that even 'private' reading was done aloud,
> but I have seen none that would suggest that memorization was a factor in
> reading. It certainly had to be a factor in the transmission of ORAL
> traditions, but what is there to suggest that it was a factor in reading
> WRITTEN materials?
Only the extensive oral tradition...
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