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Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World: Philosophers, Jews and Christians

Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World: Philosophers, Jews and Christians

Paperback Religion in the First Christian Centuries

By (author) H. Greg Snyder

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 17mm | 423g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415217660
  • ISBN 13: 9780415217668
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 3 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 907,809

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Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World presents a comprehensive and accessible survey of religious and philosophical teaching and classroom practices in the ancient world. H. Gregory Snyder synthesizes a wide range of ancient evidence and modern scholarship to address such questions as how the literary practices of Jews and Christians compared to the literary practices of the philosophical schools and whether Christians were particularly noteworthy for their attatchment to scripture. Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World will be of interest to students of classics, ancient history, the early Christian world and Jewish studies.

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..."a helpful and very engaging book."-Fred Burnett, Anderson University "Religious Studies Review, October 2002

Table of contents

1. 'Not the subjects of a despot': Stoics 'Things Handed Down to Us': Re-presented Texts 'See How Well I Read': Texts in Use Musonius Epictetus Seneca Cornutus 2. 'Salvation Through Each Other': Epicureans A few Books Between Friends: The Collection and Distribution of Written Texts Snakes in the garden: Pseudepigraphy and textual Criticism Veritas, Brevitas: Epitomes "Most 'Scruciating Idle": The Use (and Non-Use) of books The Rhetoric of Stone: The inscription of Diogenes of Oenoanda 3. A Library Lost and Found: Peripatetics Aristotle Redux: Andronicus Jots and Tittles: Pseudepigraphy, textual Criticism, and Corpus Organization Commentaries Simple and Complex Pseudo-Aristotelians at word: Epitomes and Paraphrases "It was Discussed": texts in Use 4. Books Beneath a Plane Tree: Platonists Arranging according to Wisdom: Strategies for Reading "Readers By Themselves": Commentary Cliff Notes Meets Timaeus: Epitomes and Handbooks 'For Three Days': Texts in Use 5. Jewish and Christian Groups Part 1 Laws Transcendent and Dazzling: Philo of Alexandria 'A Continuous Flood of Instruction': Philo the Teacher Part 2: Books Among the Sons of Light: Qumran The Community 'The Interpretation Concerns...': Pesher Commentary Targum: Translating Scripture Texts: 'At Home and Away': Abbreviations and Anthologies 'How Lovely are Her Eyes': Re-Presented Bible 'All Night Long': Study in Contexts at Qumran Why So Much Writing at Qumran? Part 3. Texts and Text-Brokers: Judaism in Palestine Of Young Girls and Virgins: Translating the Bible (Greek) 'His Eyes Were Not Red': Translating the Bible (Aramaic) 'Dew From the Ice of Paradise': Re-presented Bible 'Find, Open, Read, Observe': Texts in Use Textual Experts: Scribes Part 4. 'Unless Someone Guides Me': Christian Groups The Demands of Performance and the Form of Texts 'As When Present, So When Absent:' Paul as Teacher and Text-Broker 'Not as Teacher': The Epistle of Barnabas as Anthology and Commentary Christians and the Codex Conclusions General Conclusions Teachers and texts: A Model Appendix 1: What Did Thaumasius Want?