By Harry Y. Gamble

This attention-grabbing and energetic booklet offers the 1st entire dialogue of the construction, movement, and use of books in early Christianity. It explores the level of literacy in early Christian groups; the relation within the early church among oral culture and written fabrics; the actual type of early Christian books; how books have been produced, transcribed, released, duplicated, and disseminated; how Christian libraries have been shaped; who learn the books, in what situations, and to what reasons. Harry Y. Gamble interweaves sensible and technological dimensions of the construction and use of early Christian books with the social and institutional historical past of the interval. Drawing on proof from papyrology, codicology, textual feedback, and early church historical past, in addition to on wisdom in regards to the bibliographical practices that characterised Jewish and Greco-Roman tradition, he bargains a brand new viewpoint at the function of books within the first 5 centuries of the early church.

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