Tanna man using a MegaVoice, a solar-powered audio device loaded with a vernacular New Testament – one way in which someone might ‘receive’ or take in the Bible.
Interaction with Don’t Throw the Book at Them by Harry Box, Chapter 3
If you want to get the main idea and avoid the detail, jump to ‘The Written Elephant in the Oral Room’ (Click ‘read more’ and then scroll down ).
I should say right from the outset that if there is one chapter in this book that I am inclined to disagree with, it is this one. It’s a great book and no doubt beneficial for learning to better communicate with oral people, but perhaps the case gets overstated here. The chapter is worth reading, and in fact, I think when we think through the way in which Jesus’ disciples interacted with both written and oral texts, we notice some very important (and encouraging) things about engaging oral people with the scriptures.
It has been an unusually wet couple of months. They tell us that this is the dry season and that there are sometimes even droughts in this part of Tanna, but this year it has been wet and windy. In fact it has been so wet that at times it has slowed my work in visiting mission fields.
I am not the only one whose work has been slowed. There are three trucks in this part of Tanna other than mine. Last week the drivers went together to see the ‘kastom man’ who ‘works’ the rain to accuse him of using the rain to spoil their businesses. You see, on Tanna, rain is thought to be controlled by people. Continue reading →