In The Codex, published in 1954, C.H. Roberts studied the process by which in the early centuries of our era the roll as the vehicle for literature was replaced by the codex, which has remained the format of the book ever since. New evidence that has accumulated in the last thirty years has set some of the problems in a new light and in this book, published here for the first time in paperback, the authors re-examine these and offer a different explanation for the remarkable part in the transformation played by the early Church.
'an important, authoritative and readable survey of the evidence for the appearance of the codex form' Theology
'This is certainly a book on a specialist subject, but it has all the qualities of a good detective story and will fascinate its readers.' Joseph Robinson Church Times
'The book is written in a lucid and readable style and the major arguments are clear even to the uninformed reader.' Christian Week
'of primary importance to students of the formation of the New Testament and the development of the early church.'Journal of Theological Studies