Guardians of Letters: Literacy, Power, and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature

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Oxford University Press, Dec 7, 2000 - Religion - 224 pages
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Who were the scribes that copied early Christian literature during the second and third centuries? What roles did they play in the reproduction and dissemination of these writings? To answer these questions, this study utilizes evidence from early Christian literature and the earliest Christian papyri--including their form, physical features, and textual characteristics.
 

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Contents

I COPIED EVERYTHING LETTER BY LETTER Locating the Copyists of Early Christian Literature
21
GIRLS TRAINED FOR BEAUTIFUL WRITING Female Scribes in Roman Antiquity and Early Christianity
41
FOR I COULD NOT FIND THE SYLLABLES The Education and Training of Early Christian Scribes
53
MAKE AND SEND ME COPIES Private Scribal Networks and the Transmission of Early Christian Literature
77
I AM THE GUARDIAN OF LETTERS Contested Readings Authoritative Texts and Early Christian Scribes
105
CONCLUSION
129
NOTES
133
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
187
INDEX
211
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