While biblical scholars have expended much effort in their study of the texts contained within the earliest Christian manuscripts, there has been a surprising lack of interest in thinking about these books as material objects with individual, unique histories. They are three-dimensional archaeological artifacts with fascinating stories to tell, if we’re willing to listen.
God's Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts #ad - We have too often ignored the ways that the antiquities market obscures our knowledge of the origins of these manuscripts.
When Christians Were Jews: The First GenerationYale University Press #ad - In this electrifying social and intellectual history, Paula Fredriksen answers this question by reconstructing the life of the earliest Jerusalem community. Fredriksen offers a vivid portrait both of this temple‑centered messianic movement and of the bedrock convictions that animated and sustained it.
But in history’s eyes, they became the first Christians. As her account arcs from this group’s hopeful celebration of Passover with Jesus, to the city’s fiery end in the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, through their bitter controversies that fragmented the movement’s midcentury missions, she brings this vibrant apostolic community to life.
When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation #ad - A compelling account of christianity’s jewish beginnings, apocalyptic jewish missionaries, working to prepare their world for the impending realization of God’s promises to Israel, end up inaugurating a movement that would grow into the gentile church? Committed to Jesus’s prophecy—“The Kingdom of God is at hand!”—they were, from one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient religion How did a group of charismatic, in their own eyes, history’s last generation.
Gospels before the BookOxford University Press #ad - So, what does it mean to read the gospels "before the book"? For centuries, put differently, the ways people discuss the gospels have been shaped by later ideas that have more to do with the printing press and modern notions of the author than ancient writing and reading practices. He then explores a host of under-appreciated elements of ancient textual culture such as unfinished texts, post-publication revision, accidental publication, and the existence of multiple authorized versions of the same work.
Turning to the gospels, open, but as an unfinished, he argues that the earliest readers and users of the text we now call the Gospel according to Mark treated it not as a book published by an author, and fluid collection of notes hypomnmata. Similarly it is not the case that, of the five different endings in the textual tradition we now call the Gospel according to Mark, one is "right" and the others are "wrong.
Gospels before the Book #ad - Rather each represents its own effort to fill a perceived deficiency in the gospel. What does it look like to read the texts we now call the gospels like first- and second-century readers? There is no evidence of anyone regarding the gospel as a book published by an author until the end of the second century.
In gospels before the Book, Matthew D. In such a scenario, the gospel according to Matthew would not be regarded as a separate book published by a different author, but as a continuation of the same unfinished gospel tradition. C. Larsen offers a new methodological framework for future scholarship on early Christian gospels.
Before Religion: A History of a Modern ConceptYale University Press #ad - Taking apart this assumption, brent nongbri shows that the idea of religion as a sphere of life distinct from politics, economics, or science is a recent development in European history—a development that has been projected outward in space and backward in time with the result that religion now appears to be a natural and necessary part of our world.
Examining a wide array of ancient writings, Nongbri demonstrates that in antiquity, there was no conceptual arena that could be designated as “religious” as opposed to “secular. Surveying representative episodes from a two-thousand-year period, and colonial contexts that shaped relevant works of philosophers, legal theorists, missionaries, while constantly attending to the concrete social, and others, political, Nongbri offers a concise and readable account of the emergence of the concept of religion.
Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept #ad - . Individual religions may vary through time and geographically, religion, but there is an element, that is to be found in all cultures during all time periods. For much of the past two centuries, religion has been understood as a universal phenomenon, a part of the “natural” human experience that is essentially the same across cultures and throughout history.
The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian OriginsEerdmans #ad - Guaranteed packaging. New. Mint Condition. No quibbles returns. Drawing on studies by papyrologists and palaeographers as well as New Testament scholars -- and including photographic plates of selected manuscripts -- The Earliest Christian Artifacts astutely introduces the distinctive physical features of early Christian manuscripts, illustrating their relevance for wider inquiry into the complex origins of Christianity.
The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins #ad - . Widely recognized for his outstanding scholarship, Hurtado combines his comprehensive knowledge of Christian origins with an archivist's eye to make sense of these earliest objects of the faith. He introduces readers to the staurogram, the nomina sacra, a textual abbreviation system, possibly the first representation of the cross, and the puzzling Christian preference for book-like texts over scrolls.
Much attention has been paid to the words of the earliest Christian canonical and extracanonical texts, yet Larry Hurtado points out that an even more telling story is being overlooked -- the story of the physical texts themselves. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon.
The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern LevantEquinox #ad - Mint Condition. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. Guaranteed packaging. New. It is intended for students and lay readers alike, such as those participating in community archaeology for the first time, and would be an excellent reader for introductory level courses on the archaeology of the Southern Levant.
The five-minute archaeologist in the Southern Levant is a user-friendly exploration of basic concepts within archaeology and the techniques and methods used by archaeologists in the field. Topics range from basic questions such as 'how do archaeologists choose where to dig?' to surveys of archaeological concepts and types of archaeology, written by specialists in those particular fields.
The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant #ad - No quibbles returns. Chapters are informal and relaxed-more like a chat or discussion that will help to answer some of the basic questions that archaeologists are often asked.
When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian BibleOxford University Press #ad - Mint Condition. Yet, gradually the Septuagint lost its place at the heart of Western Christianity. At the end of the fourth century, one of antiquity's brightest minds rejected the Septuagint in favor of the Bible of the rabbis. No quibbles returns. How did the new testament writers and the earliest christians come to adopt the jewish scriptures as their first Old Testament? And why are our modern Bibles related more to the rabbinic Hebrew Bible than to the Greek Bible of the early Church? The Septuagint, the name given to the translation of the Hebrew scriptures between the third century BC and the second century AD, played a central role in the Bible's history.
After jerome, the Septuagint never regained the position it once had. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. Used book in Good Condition. Many of the hebrew scriptures were still evolving when they were translated into Greek, along with several new Greek writings, and these Greek translations, became Holy Scripture in the early Church.
When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible #ad - Timothy michael law recounts the story of the Septuagint's origins, its relationship to the Hebrew Bible, and the adoption and abandonment of the first Christian Old Testament. New. Guaranteed packaging.
The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and AnalysisOxford University Press #ad - For this reason they bear an undeniable importance in the history of the Bible. The biblical canon lists from Early Christianity provides an accessible presentation of these early canon lists. No quibbles returns. The book begins with a substantial overview of the history of the biblical canon, and an entire chapter is devoted to the evidence of biblical manuscripts from the first millennium.
Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. This authoritative work is an indispensable guide for students and scholars of biblical studies and church history. An essential avenue for understanding the development of the Bible are the many early lists of canonical books drawn up by Christians and, occasionally, Jews.
The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis #ad - The canon lists, in most cases, unambiguously report what the compilers of the lists considered to belong to the biblical canon. Used book in Good Condition. With a focus on the first four centuries, the volume supplies the full text of the canon lists in English translation alongside the original text, usually Greek or Latin, occasionally Hebrew or Syriac.
Edmon L. The differences among these groups typically involve the Old Testament, as they mostly accept the same 27-book New Testament. Guaranteed packaging.
The Literary Imagination in Jewish AntiquityOxford University Press #ad - Despite this diversity, " and a bibliographic one, the way we read Second Temple Jewish literature remains constrained by two anachronistic categories: a theological one, "Bible, "book. The literary imagination in Jewish Antiquity suggests ways of thinking about how Jews understood their own literature before these categories had emerged.
In many jewish texts, there is an awareness of a vast tradition of divine writing found in multiple locations that is only partially revealed in available scribal collections. Scribes recognize the divine origin of texts such as Enoch literature and other writings revealed to ancient patriarchs, which present themselves not as derivative of the material that we now call biblical, but prior to it.
The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity #ad - Sacred writing stretches back to the dawn of time, yet new discoveries are always around the corner. Using familiar sources such as the psalms, Ben Sira, and Jubilees, Eva Mroczek tells an unfamiliar story about sacred writing not bound in a Bible. Ancient heroes such as david are imagined not simply as scriptural authors, but as multidimensional characters who come to be known as great writers who are honored as founders of growing textual traditions.
Mint Condition. In listening to the way ancient writers describe their own literature-rife with their own metaphors and narratives about writing-The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity also argues for greater suppleness in our own scholarly imagination, no longer bound by modern canonical and bibliographic assumptions.
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To Cast the First Stone: The Transmission of a Gospel StoryPrinceton University Press #ad - In response, jesus famously states, “Let him who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. To cast the first stone traces the history of this provocative story from its first appearance to its enduring presence today. Likely added to the gospel of john in the third century, the passage is often held up by modern critics as an example of textual corruption by early Christian scribes and editors, yet a judgment of corruption obscures the warm embrace the story actually received.
. No quibbles returns. The authors also explore the story’s many different meanings. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. Taken as an illustration of the expansiveness of Christ’s mercy, and more, the necessity of penance, the purported superiority of Christians over Jews, this vivid episode has invited any number of creative receptions.
To Cast the First Stone: The Transmission of a Gospel Story #ad - Jennifer knust and tommy wasserman trace the story’s incorporation into Gospel books, liturgical practices, overturning the mistaken perception that it was either peripheral or suppressed, storytelling, and art, even in the Greek East. New. The story of the woman taken in adultery features a dramatic confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees over whether the adulteress should be stoned as the law commands.
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The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and AnalysisOxford University Press #ad - Mint Condition. The bible took shape over the course of centuries, and today Christian groups continue to disagree over details of its contents. This comprehensive volume redresses this unfortunate situation by presenting the early Christian canon lists all together in a single volume. The canon lists, in most cases, unambiguously report what the compilers of the lists considered to belong to the biblical canon.
Gallagher and John D. No quibbles returns. With a focus on the first four centuries, usually Greek or Latin, the volume supplies the full text of the canon lists in English translation alongside the original text, occasionally Hebrew or Syriac. Meade orient readers to each list with brief introductions and helpful notes, and they point readers to the most significant scholarly discussions.
The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis #ad - An essential avenue for understanding the development of the Bible are the many early lists of canonical books drawn up by Christians and, occasionally, Jews. Edmon L. The differences among these groups typically involve the Old Testament, as they mostly accept the same 27-book New Testament. New. This authoritative work is an indispensable guide for students and scholars of biblical studies and church history.
The book begins with a substantial overview of the history of the biblical canon, and an entire chapter is devoted to the evidence of biblical manuscripts from the first millennium.