By William E. Klingshirn

From the very starting, Christianity was once a faith of books - a lived, but additionally a written religion. The essays during this assortment concentrate on the ways that books have been produced, used, valuable, and conceptualized within the early Christian centuries (AD 100-600). in this the most important interval, simply after the hot testomony writings have been composed, Christianity grew from the faith of a tiny minority within the japanese Roman Empire to the faith of the empire itself, and past. To no small volume, this luck used to be in line with the ability of its books. Written through specialists within the box, the essays during this quantity research the early Christian e-book from quite a lot of disciplines: faith, artwork heritage, background, close to japanese reports, and classics. themes contain theories of the e-book, publication construction and use, books as sacred items, and difficulties of gender, authorship, and authority. through analyzing Christian books from a number of views, this booklet invitations readers into the complete "bookish" global of early Christianity: an international of writing and studying practices, of copying and changing texts, of persuading and debating with books, and of representing holiness and tool via codices of the legislations, the scriptures, and the lives of the saints. Essays hide a large geographical diversity and talk about texts written all around the Mediterranean international - in Greek, Latin, Coptic, Syriac, and Hebrew. All historic texts are translated into English, a few for the 1st time. meant for normal readers, scholars, and students alike - somebody with a significant curiosity in early Christianity - this paintings brings jointly intriguing currents of recent examine. It additionally opens up clean questions and contours of inquiry within the examine of this perennially vital and interesting topic. An advent by means of Philip Rousseau offers a invaluable review, by means of essays written through Daniel Boyarin, Catherine Burris, Catherine Chin, Gillian Clark, Catherine Conybeare, Kim Haines-Eitzen, Caroline Humfress, Chrysi Kotsifou, John Lowden, Claudia Rapp, Daniel Sarefield, and Mark Vessey. A complete consolidated bibliography and index whole the paintings

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10. Erevan, Matenadaran, ivory book covers reused on the Ejmiadzin Gospels. Back Front Fi g. 11. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 9384, ivory book covers reused on the St. Lupicin Gospels (the front and back have been exchanged). Fi g. 12 . Detail of Ejmiadzin Gospels cover: Christ healing a demoniac. Fi g. 13 . Detail of St. Lupicin Gospels cover: Christ healing a demoniac.

At issue is the interpretation of two types of physical evidence: the presence of holes and cuttings in the vertical edges of the plaques, and the strikingly greater wear and damage to one of a pair of covers. Both are problematic. , we could be looking at either edge. This is the case with the Peter and Paul plaques. ”36 In this case, however, she feels that a “tiebreak” is available: “the fact that the St. ”37 This is explained by the assumption that greater wear on the back cover would have resulted from laying the book down, either for storage or on an altar.

The generally accepted function of any or all of these plaques as book covers was challenged in the 1980s,29 but can, I suggest, be maintained on a range 27. Marlia Mundell Mango, Silver from Early Byzantium: The Kaper Koraon and Related Treasures, exh. , Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, 1986), 3–36. 28. Susan A. Boyd, “A ‘Metropolitan’ Treasure from a Church in the Provinces: An Introduction to the Study of the Sion Treasure,” in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium, ed. Susan A.

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