Communicating Christ Through Story and Song (SEANET 5)

Orality in Buddhist Contexts
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Communicating Christ Through Story and Song, the fifth volume in the Buddhist World series, presents models and case studies of communication of the Gospel through orality in Southeast Asia. With contributions from seasoned practitioners working in Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Philippines, this insightful book explores the Biblical foundations – and the cultural imperative – of employing oral tradition to effectively communicate in Buddhist contexts.

  • ISBN: 9780878085118
  • Pages: 320
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Contributors

Part I Biblical and Cultural Foundations of Orality in Christian Communication

  • 1. Communication and Continuity Through Oral Transmission by Alex G. Smith
  • 2. Biblical Worship Rediscovered: A Theology for Communicating Basic Christianity by David S. Lim
  • 3. Christian Evangelistic Preaching As Ritual Speech in a Buddhist Context by Frances S. Adeney
  • 4. Feeding Giraffes, Counting Crows and Missing True Learners: The Challenge of Buddhist Oral Communicators by Miriam Adeney
  • 5. Three Reasons Why Christian Witness to Buddhists Has Failed by Terry C. Muck

Part II Communicating Christ Though Story and Song in Buddhist Contexts

  • 6. From the Biblical World to the Buddhist Worldview: Using Biblical Narratives to Impact at the Heart Level by A. Steven Evans
  • 7. The Use for Story and Song in Sinhalese Buddhist Funerals by G.P.V. Somaratna
  • 8. Moving Towards Oral Communication of the Gospel: Experiences from Cambodia by Dale Jones
  • 9. Communicating the Gospel Through Story and Song in Cambodia by Barnabas Mam as told to Bruce Hutchinson
  • 10. Gospel Communication in Tibetan Song by John Oswald


  • References
  • Index

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