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

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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  • Publisher: The Belknap Press
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 28mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0674030486
  • ISBN 13: 9780674030480
  • Sales rank: 266,301

Product description

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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Author information

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"

Table of contents

Preface Cast of Characters Introduction: Scholars, Books, and Libraries in the Christian Tradition 1. Origen at Caesarea: A Christian Philosopher among his Books 2. Origen's Hexapla: Scholarship, Culture, and Power 3. Eusebius's Chronicle: History Made Visible 4. Eusebius at Caesarea: A Christian Impresario of the Codex Coda: Caesarea in History and Tradition Abbreviations Bibliography Notes Acknowledgments Index