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The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye: Transformative Listening to the Biblical Image

Prof. John Harvey

Lecture exploring the sound substrate of scripture and how we can listen to the sonorities of the text

The paper is conceived as a contribution to the theology of sound and visuality. It explores two related spheres of Christian theology and biblical studies: sound in the Bible and the Bible as sound. In particular, the discussion draws attention to the Scripture’s sound substrate, and how we may listen for the sonorities of the text and the visual representations made after it. The presentation includes a performance of a sound work based upon an inventory of listening to Alexander Scourby's 'The Talking Bible' (1964).

The presentation is, here, in four parts (which does not reflect the divisions of the paper), followed by a capture of the sound work that was recorded in situ and direct to digital software.

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