The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2006 - Religion - 248 pages
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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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It is important to raise the point that this is a book for scholars and serious students. If you just want to learn a little about the New Testament documents, this is not really the place to start ... Read full review

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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

Contents

The Texts
15
The Early Christian Preference for the Codex
43
The Nomina Sacra
95
The Staurogram
135
Other Scribal Features
155
Concluding Remarks
191
select bibliography
193
Christian Literary Texts in Manuscripts of the Second and Third Centuries
209
Photographic Plates of Selected Manuscripts
231
index of authors
243
index of manuscripts
245
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About the author (2006)

Larry W. Hurtado is professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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