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Author Stroumsa, Guy G., author
Title The scriptural universe of ancient Christianity / Guy G. Stroumsa
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BL71 S925 2016    AVAILABLE    30530001267178
 人文社會聯圖  BL71 .S77 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020526893
Descript 184 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-178) and index
Introduction: A double paradigm shift -- A scriptural galaxy -- A divine palimpsest -- Religious revolution and cultural change -- Scripture and culture -- The new self and reading practices -- Communities of knowledge -- Eastern wisdoms -- A world full of letters -- Scriptural and personal authority -- Conclusion: Alexandria, Jerusalem, Baghdad
Late antiquity saw a revolution in literate culture the consequences of which, for more than a millennium, were no less dramatic than those of the invention of the movable type in early modernity. Both the transformation of the physical support of the books (from scroll to codex) and also, more importantly, the redaction of foundational texts of new religions, permitted the birth and growth of new, world religions, such as Christianity, Manichaeism, and then Islam. Within and without the borders of the Roman Empire, it was often in translation that those texts circulated, and that commentaries were elaborated, usually in writing but also orally. But the status of books underwent in the Roman world even more radical changes, which have to do with their central role in religion and religious education. Books, including sacred books, had of course existed in archaic and ancient societies, but they were now invested with a new status as they were taking the place previously held by sacrifice at the very core of ritual-- Provided by publisher
Subject Sacred books -- History and criticism
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
Christianity and other religions
Books -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
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