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About Orality

WHAT IS ORALITY?

“Orality” refers to reliance upon the spoken, rather than written, word for communication. Orality is an ancient phenomenon that continues to the present. Before writing was developed, ethnic groups passed along their cultural traditions, including their history,...

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WHY DOES ORALITY MATTER?

PEOPLE NEED THE GOSPELEveryone needs an understandable presentation of the good news that Jesus saves. For many people that understandable form is an oral form. MANY LANGUAGES DON’T HAVE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTUREOnly about 10% of the world’s languages have a complete Bible;...

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THE SOLUTION? YOU, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD.

God is the ultimate solution, of course. As a loving father, God delights to include his children in the things he does. “We are laborers together with God,” the Bible says. Followers of Jesus are called “ambassadors for Christ,” representing him and even speaking on...

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INTENTIONAL STRATEGY | USED FOR A REASON

THE BIBLE IS FUNDAMENTALLY A SINGLE STORY THE BIBLE REFLECTS ORAL CULTURES The Bible was given to highly-oral cultures, so it naturally contains many oral art forms: narratives, poetry, songs (psalms), and proverbs. About half of the Bible is narrative; poetry is...

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