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"One trajectory of research deserves special mention: studies of the social context of ancient oral transmission among marginalized communities. Richard Horsley has shown how the popular oral storytelling of the Jesus movement, which drew on 'anti-hegemonic' cultural memory, was often in conflict with the elites's authority over texts. This is why Mark's references to scripture are always polemical . . . Moreover, Mark portrays actions in a way that calls to mind popular, oral tales about cultural heroes or peasant Israel such as Moses, Elijah, or Elisha, while the scribal class comes in for Jesus' severest criticism."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man

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