Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon

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Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon constitutes a collection of studies that reflect and contribute to the growing scholarly interest in manuscripts as artifacts and witnesses to early stages in Jewish and Christian understanding of sacred scripture. Scholars and textual critics have in recent years rightly recognized the contribution that ancient manuscripts make to our understanding of the development of canon in its broadest and most inclusive sense. The studies included in this volume shed ...
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Overview

Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon constitutes a collection of studies that reflect and contribute to the growing scholarly interest in manuscripts as artifacts and witnesses to early stages in Jewish and Christian understanding of sacred scripture. Scholars and textual critics have in recent years rightly recognized the contribution that ancient manuscripts make to our understanding of the development of canon in its broadest and most inclusive sense. The studies included in this volume shed significant light on the most important questions touching the emergence of canon consciousness and written communication in the early centuries of the Christian church. The concern here is not in recovering a theoretical "original text" or early "recognized canon," but in analysis of and appreciation for texts as they actually circulated and were preserved through time. Some of the essays in this collection explore the interface between canon as theological concept, on the one hand, and canon as reflected in the physical/artifactual evidence, on the other. Other essays explore what the artifacts tell us about life and belief in early communities of faith. Still other studies investigate the visual dimension and artistic expressions of faith, including theology and biblical interpretation communicated through the medium of art and icon in manuscripts. The volume also includes scientific studies concerned with the physical properties of particular manuscripts. These studies will stimulate new discussion in this important area of research and will point students and scholars in new directions for future work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567293299
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Series: Library of Second Temple Studies Series , #70
  • Edition description: Multilingu
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

H. Daniel Zacharias is a Lecturer at Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Abbreviations ix

List of Illustrations xiii

List of Contributors xiv

Introducing Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon Craig A. Evans H. Daniel Zacharias 1

Oracle Collection and Canon: A Comparison Between Judah and Greece in Persian Times Armin Lange 9

Artifactual and Hermeneutical Use of Scripture in Jewish Tradition Marianne Schleicher 48

Early Christian Manuscripts As Artifacts Larry W. Hurtado 66

Physical Features Of Excerpted Torah Texts Stephen Reed 82

Papyrus 967 and the Text of Ezekiel: Parablepsis or an Original Text? John Flanagan 105

A Fragmentary Psalter From Karanis and Its Context Gregg Schwendner 117

'He that Dwelleth in the Help of the Hightest': Septuagint Psalm 90 and the Iconographic Program on Byzantine Armbands Thomas J. Kraus 137

Public and Private-Second-And Third-Century Gospel Manuscripts Scott D. Charlesworth 148

A Johannine Reading of Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 840 Pamela Shellberg 176

How Long and Old is the Codex of Which P. Oxy. 1353 Is a Leaf? Don Barker 192

Letter Carriers in the Ancient Jewish Epistolary Material Peter M. Head 203

'I Was Intending to Visit You, But ...' Clauses Explaining Delayed Visits and their Importance in Papyrus Letters and in Paul Peter Arzt-Grabner 220

Advice to the Bride: Moral Exhortation for Young Wives in Two Ancient Letter Collections Annette Bourland Huizenga 232

Scribal Tendencies in the Apocalypse: Starting the Conversation Juan Hernández Jr. 248

'A Thousand Books Will Be Saved': Manichaean Writings and Religious Propaganda in the Roman Empire Eduard Iricinschi 261

The Danish Hymnbook - Artifact and Text Kirsten Nielsen 273

Towardsa Sociology of Bible Promise Box Use David J. Chalcraft 280

The Bible As Icon: Myths of the Divine Origins of Scripture Dorina Miller Parmenter 298

Appendix 311

Index 313

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