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Memory Resources Of The Markan Oral-Aural Narrative: Frames

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As an oral-aural narrative the Gospel of Mark relied on human memory for its preservation and communication; and the written text was used as an aide to remind of what the audience already knew. This raises questions: On what sort of memory resource or cognitive model was the oral-aural communication of Mark's Gospel based; what kind of cognitive model does best account for such a use of Mark's written text? This chapter introduces the oral features of Mark's Gospel, arguing that the frame is a cognitive model that is able to account appropriately for such traits of the oral-aural narrative discourse. There has been considerable progress in both the humanities and cognitive science with respect to the studies of human memory and its role in the comprehension and the remembering of a narrative. The chapter incorporates the results to highlight cognitive aspects that operated in processing the Markan oral-aural narrative.

Keywords: cognitive model; frame; Gospel of Mark; memory resource; oral-aural narrative



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