Professor of English
Nonliterate people can remember large amounts of oral material if they are stated memorably. Characteristic oral devisesaphorisms, balanced structures, parallelisms, antitheses, alliterations, assonances, verbal jingleshelp an auditory audience follow along. Designed for reading aloud publicly, 1 John is full of identifiable oral features. These illuminate its character, message, and structure.
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