Christianity and the Transformation of the Book

Christianity and the Transformation of the Book : Origen, Eusebius, and the Library of Caesarea

By (author) Anthony Grafton , By (author) Megan Williams


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When early Christians began to study the Bible, and to write their own history and that of the Jews whom they claimed to supersede, they used scholarly methods invented by the librarians and literary critics of Hellenistic Alexandria. But Origen and Eusebius, two scholars of late Roman Caesarea, produced new kinds of books, in which parallel columns made possible critical comparisons previously unenvisioned.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • 15 Sep 2008
  • The Belknap Press
  • Cambridge, Mass.
  • English
  • 0674030486
  • 9780674030480
  • 299,286

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Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Chair of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. His many books include Bring Out Your Dead and The Footnote (both from Harvard). Megan Williams is Assistant Professor in Liberal Studies at the University of Montana in Missoula.

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"The book succeeds in placing Origen and Eusebius firmly and illuminatingly against a world in which Christianity had not yet triumphed, and they convey vividly the intellectual daring involved in these pioneering attempts to articulate and define Christianity alongside and against the Jewish and the classical worldviews." - Eamon Duffy, New York Review of Books"

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