By Meredith Marie Neuman
New England Puritan sermon tradition used to be essentially an oral phenomenon, and but its literary construction has been understood in general via a print legacy. In Jeremiah's Scribes, Meredith Marie Neuman turns to the notes taken by means of Puritan auditors within the meetinghouse which will fill out our experience of the lived event of the sermon. by way of reconstructing the aural tradition of sermons, Neuman shifts our consciousness from the pulpit to the pew to illustrate the numerous ways that sermon auditors helped to form this dominant style of Puritan New England.
Tracing the cloth transmission of sermon texts by way of readers and writers, hearers and notetakers, Jeremiah's Scribes demanding situations the idea of strong authorship via person ministers. in its place, Neuman illuminates a method of textual creation that pervaded groups and happened within the overlapping media of print, manuscript, and speech. Even published sermons, she demonstrates, bore the lines in their roots within the oral tradition of the meetinghouse.
Bringing fabric concerns to undergo on anxieties over the perceived courting among divine and human language, Jeremiah's Scribes broadens our realizing of all Puritan literature. Neuman examines the controlling good judgment of the sermon on the subject of nonsermonic writing—such as conversion narrative—ultimately suggesting the basic permeability between disparate genres of Puritan writing.
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Jeremiah's Scribes: Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England (Material Texts) by Meredith Marie Neuman