"The implications of this book are extensive...Graham has convincingly shown that useful and meaningful study of 'scripture,' of sacred texts, past, present or future, has to reckon with both the spoken and written word." America
"Graham's recovery of the oral/aural tradition in Beyond the Written Word is a model of scholarly precision and richly suggestive for other, related investigations. His documentation is extensive, his writing pleasantly free of jargon, and his bibliography impressive. Graham makes a compelling case for reassessing Christianity's dependence on the written text." The Christian Century
"This thoughtful, innovative, and very-well-researched work, initially published in 1987 and now reissued as a paperback, has the potential to deliver the scholarly equivalent of a knockout punch. The author's aim is sure. His timing and technique is flawless. But the target comprises a set of attitudes so subtle and yet so conspicuous that it is all but impossible to find where to land the blow. As a result, the full impact of the argument has at once a stunning and stimulating effect." International Journal of Middle East Studies
Pointing out the central importance of the oral and aural experience of religious texts in Eastern as well as Western cultures, this text asserts the need for a new perspective on the utilization of "scripture" by the majorities of religious people, most of whom were illiterate.