Guardians of Letters : Literacy, Power, and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature
Who were the scribes who 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 uses evidence from early Christian literature and the earliest Christian papyri - including their form, physical features, and textual characteristics.
- Hardback | 222 pages
- 160 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
- 21 Dec 2000
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
The author ... is not afraid to question and contradict the opinions of the big guns ... She guides her readers with regular reminders and signposts, which serve as summaries and cross references to other parts of the book. * Expository Times * An especially interesting chapter provides evidence regarding a female scribal culture in the early Christian period ... the book is a step towards a social history of scribes in the second and third centuries. Guardians of Letters is a worthy addition to recent studies on the 'culture', material and otherwise, of reading and writing in early Christianity. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History * ... both informative and enjoyable. * 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 *