In his discussion of the psychodynamics of orality, the Jesuit linguist and philosopher Walter Ong writes that ''the interiorizing force of the oral word relates in a special way to the sacral, to the ultimate concerns of existence. In most religions the spoken word functions integrally in ceremonial and devotional life ... In Christianity, for example, the Bible is read aloud at liturgical services. For God is thought of always as 'speaking' to human beings, not writing to them ... [Indeed] the Hebrew word dabar, which means word, means also event and thus refers directly to the spoken word "
Torvend, Samuel, ""The whole Bible painted in our houses": Visual Narrative and Religious Polemic in Early Lutheran Art" (2003). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. Paper 109.