Books and Readers in the Early Church: A History of Early Christian Texts / Edition 1 by Harry Y. Gamble | 9780300069181 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Books and Readers in the Early Church: A History of Early Christian Texts / Edition 1

Books and Readers in the Early Church: A History of Early Christian Texts / Edition 1

by Harry Y. Gamble
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300069189

ISBN-13: 9780300069181

Pub. Date: 09/23/1997

Publisher: Yale University Press

This fascinating and lively book provides the first comprehensive discussion of the production, circulation, and use of books in early Christianity. It explores the extent of literacy in early Christian communities; the relation in the early church between oral tradition and written materials; the physical form of early Christian books; how books were produced,

Overview

This fascinating and lively book provides the first comprehensive discussion of the production, circulation, and use of books in early Christianity. It explores the extent of literacy in early Christian communities; the relation in the early church between oral tradition and written materials; the physical form of early Christian books; how books were produced, transcribed, published, duplicated, and disseminated; how Christian libraries were formed; who read the books, in what circumstances, and to what purposes.

Harry Y. Gamble interweaves practical and technological dimensions of the production and use of early Christian books with the social and institutional history of the period. Drawing on evidence from papyrology, codicology, textual criticism, and early church history, as well as on knowledge about the bibliographical practices that characterized Jewish and Greco-Roman culture, he offers a new perspective on the role of books in the first five centuries of the early church.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300069181
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/23/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
323,879
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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