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1 Biblical Storytelling in Adult Formation Dr. Tom Boomershine GoTell Communications, Inc.

2 Sensory Registers Attention Short Term Memory Chunking Repetition Long Term Memory Episodic storage/retrieval Syntactic storage/retrieval

3 Medium of the Culture Oral Medium of the Bible Sound Reception/ Audience Audiences Hermeneutical System Connections between stories and experience Performance Long stories with music Memory Memorized Stories

4 Medium of the Culture Manuscript Medium of the Bible Sound and image Reception/ Audience Audiences/ Readers Hermeneutical System Allegorical ideas and theology Performance Long readings of scripture, chanting Memory Memorized Manuscript

5 Medium of the Culture Print Medium of the Bible Text Reception/ Audience Readers Hermeneutical System Literal and Figural Interpretation Performance Shorter Reading with Minimal Chanting Memory Memorized Verses

6 Medium of the Culture Document Medium of the Bible Silent Text Reception/ Audience Silent Readers Hermeneutical System Historical Facts and Theological Ideas Performance Monotone, Objective Reading Memory No Memory

7 Medium of the Culture Digital Medium of the Bible Multimedia Reception/ Audience Audiences/ Readers/ Users Hermeneutical System Experience of Stories and Ideas Performance Multisensory, Highly Expressive Performance Events Memory Individual Internalization and Social Connectedness

8 The Bible and Communication Cultures

9 Original Context Stories, letters, prophesies performed Performance criticism Performance commentaries Meaning as experience Memorized performance as an exegetical methodology Re-conception of source, form, redaction, & narrative criticisms

10 Contemporary Context Biblical storytelling (oral & digital cultures) Memorized manuscripts Scripture by Heart Meaning as experience Digital culture interpretation Multimedia translation Re-conception of worship, mission, proclamation Restructured lectionary

11 Contemporary Context Biblical storytelling (oral & digital cultures) Memorized manuscripts Scripture by Heart Meaning as experience Digital culture interpretation Multimedia translation Re-conception of worship, mission, proclamation Restructured lectionary

12 Contemporary Context Biblical storytelling (oral & digital cultures) Memorized manuscripts Scripture by Heart Meaning as experience Digital culture interpretation Multimedia translation Re-conception of worship, mission, proclamation Restructured lectionary

13 Contemporary Context Biblical storytelling (oral & digital cultures) Memorized manuscripts Scripture by Heart Meaning as experience Digital culture interpretation Multimedia translation Re-conception of worship, mission, proclamation Restructured lectionary

14 Contemporary Context Biblical storytelling (oral & digital cultures) Memorized manuscripts Scripture by Heart Meaning as experience Digital culture interpretation Multimedia translation Re-conception of worship, mission, proclamation Restructured lectionary

15 Biblical Storytelling in Adult Formation Dr. Tom Boomershine GoTell Communications, Inc.


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