By Anthony Grafton

When early Christians started to examine the Bible, and to put in writing their very own heritage and that of the Jews whom they claimed to supersede, they used scholarly tools invented through the librarians and literary critics of Hellenistic Alexandria. yet Origen and Eusebius, students of past due Roman Caesarea, did way more. either produced new sorts of books, within which parallel columns made attainable severe comparisons formerly unenvisioned, no matter if among biblical texts or among nationwide histories. Eusebius went even farther, growing new examine instruments, new varieties of heritage and polemic, and a brand new form of library to help either study and e-book production.

Christianity and the Transformation of the Book combines broad-gauged synthesis and shut textual research to reconstruct the categories of books and the methods of organizing scholarly inquiry and collaboration one of the Christians of Caesarea, at the coast of Roman Palestine. The publication explores the dialectical dating among highbrow background and the background of the booklet, at the same time it expands our knowing of early Christian scholarship. Christianity and the Transformation of the Book attends to the social, non secular, highbrow, and institutional contexts in which Origen and Eusebius labored, in addition to the main points in their scholarly practices--practices that, the authors argue, endured to outline significant sectors of Christian studying for nearly millennia and are, in lots of methods, nonetheless with us today.,

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