Value Transmission through Oral Tradition

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML)


College of Christian Ministries and Religion


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Michael L. Rakes, D.Min.


In our culture and in the church there is one primary way that we share our beliefs with one another. Simply put that is through language and conversation. To that end this thesis will attempt to look at the history of oral tradition and its place within the church and various societies throughout history. Words are far more than a collection of letters and sounds with concepts attached. There is something about oral traditions and face-to-face conversations that communicate things far deeper inside us than we would ever intend to. Throughout history societies and people have navigated the oceans, followed the stars, practiced medicine, changed the course of history, and literally brought salvation and healing to a broken world through what some would consider mere words. It is the goal of this thesis to explore exactly what makes oral traditions, what makes words so powerful and able to transcend culture, time and space to communicate things in a way that forever change those who hear it.

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