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Guardians of Letters : Literacy, Power and The Transmitters of Early Christian Literature - Kim Haines-Eitzen

Guardians of Letters

Literacy, Power and The Transmitters of Early Christian Literature

Hardcover Published: 7th December 2000
ISBN: 9780195135640
Number Of Pages: 224

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Who were the scribes that copied early Christian literature during the second and third centuries? What roles did they play in the reproduction and dissemination of these writings? To answer these questions, this study utilizes evidence from early Christian literature and the earliest Christian papyri--including their form, physical features, and textual characteristics.

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"[Haines-Eitzen's] illumination of the intersection between literacy and power in antiquity and her interesting section on women scribes are important contributions to our understanding of the social and cultural history of early Christianity. Text critics, those interested in the history of manuscripts, and historians of early Christianity will all be interested in this study."-- The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "Kim Haines-Eitzen has produced a thought-provoking, readable and enjoyable book, essential reading for anyone who desires to know more about the illustrious obscure Christians who copied the New Testament in the earliest days."--Novum Testamentum "[Haines-Eitzen's] illumination of the intersection between literacy and power in antiquity and her interesting section on women scribes are important contributions to our understanding of the social and cultural history of early Christianity. Text critics, those interested in the history of manuscripts, and historians of early Christianity will all be interested in this study."-- The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "This is a thoughtful, judicious book, and I enjoyed reading it. That it raises so many questions is testimony not to its limitations but to its scope."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Kim Haines-Eitzen has produced a thought-provoking, readable and enjoyable book, essential reading for anyone who desires to know more about the illustrious obscure Christians who copied the New Testament in the earliest days." -- Novum Testamentum "Kim Haines-Eitzen has produced a thought-provoking, readable and enjoyable book, essential reading for anyone who desires to know more about the illustrious obscure Christians who copied the New Testament in the earliest days."--Novum Testamentum "Haines-Eitzen's study prods New Testament scholars, who often use the critical apparatus and ponder variant readings, to give some thought also to the people and processes that lie behind the manuscript traditions. It is also highly recommended not only for historians of early Christianity and textual critics but for anyone interested in the transition from orality to literacy, gender roles, educationm and the social history of the first several centuries of the Common Era."-- The Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Abbreviations
Introductionp. 3
"I Copied Everything Letter by Letter": Locating the Copyists of Early Christian Literaturep. 21
"Girls Trained for Beautiful Writing": Female Scribes in Roman Antiquity and Early Christanityp. 41
"For I Could Not find the Syllables": The Education and Training of Early Christian Scribesp. 53
"Make and Send me Copies": Private Scribal Networks and the Transmission of Early Christian Literaturep. 77
"I am the Guardian of Letters": Contested Readings, Authoritative Texts, and Early Christian Scribesp. 105
Conclusionp. 129
Notesp. 133
Selected Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780195135640
ISBN-10: 0195135644
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 7th December 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 16.36  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.53

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