The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins
Much attention has been paid to the words of the earliest Christian canonical and extracanonical texts, yet Larry Hurtado points out that an even more telling story is being overlooked -- the story of the physical texts themselves.
Widely recognized for his outstanding scholarship, Hurtado combines his comprehensive knowledge of Christian origins with an archivists eye to make sense of these earliest objects of the faith. He introduces readers to the staurogram, possibly the first representation of the cross, the "nomina sacra," a textual abbreviation system, and the puzzling Christian preference for book-like texts over scrolls.
Drawing on studies by papyrologists and palaeographers as well as New Testament scholars -- and including photographic plates of selected manuscripts-- "The Earliest Christian Artifacts" astutely introduces the distinctive physical features of early Christian manuscripts, illustrating their relevance for wider inquiry into the complex origins of Christianity.
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Review: The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian OriginsUser Review - Danny - Goodreads
Professor Hurtado has produced a scholarly work probing the preference of early Christians for the codex system and their use of "tau-rho". Much of this material may be obscure for those unfamiliar ... Read full review
Review: The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian OriginsUser Review - Rowland Bismark - Goodreads
LW Hurtado is concerned to show that “manuscripts are artefacts” (1, n. 1) and not just the means of transmitting a text. Although he gives no definition of “artefact,” the basic concept of a ... Read full review
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