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By Harry Y. Gamble

ISBN-10: 0300069189

ISBN-13: 9780300069181

This interesting and vigorous e-book presents the 1st finished dialogue of the creation, movement, and use of books in early Christianity. It explores the level of literacy in early Christian groups; the relation within the early church among oral culture and written fabrics; the actual type of early Christian books; how books have been produced, transcribed, released, duplicated, and disseminated; how Christian libraries have been shaped; who learn the books, in what situations, and to what purposes.

"In this super well-written and carefully researched paintings, Gamble asks to what quantity the early church used books, how have been they produced, and for what audiences? ... An tremendously instructive and provocative paintings on an unique subject. i like to recommend it hugely to someone with an curiosity in Christian heritage and a style for future-oriented speculation". -- Commonweal

"His learn benefits cautious analyzing and carrying on with use due to its necessary collections, insightful reviews, and thoroughness. In essence he has supplied a 'companion to early Christian literature' which might be required reading". -- Robert M. provide, Catholic old assessment

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They were not only literate but also literary to a degree.

My discussion has aimed to clear the way and provide bearings for a fresh assessment of the literary culture of the ancient church. I have questioned the characteriza tion of early Christianity as nonliterary and of its texts as Kleinliterat ur without claiming that the early church participated in the high literary culture of the ancient world. I have also indicated what must be taken into account: the broad range of the types and uses of Greco-Rom an literature, the relation of Christianity to the tradition of Jewish literature, the relation between oral tradition and literary texts, and the sociological correlatives of literary activity.

Around those early documents is a wide penumbra of other Christian writings, some of which either clearly derive from the same period or well may have. Of the so-called Apostolic Fathers, which comprise fifteen diverse documents written by nine different authors, the letter known as 1 Clement certainly belongs to the first century, and two others may LITERACY AND LITERARY CULTURE 21 be just as early: the Epistle of Barnabas and the Didache. These three are probably earlier than several of the later writings contained in the New Testament, and indeed later on, when the New Testament canon was taking shape, they were occasionally reckoned to belong to it.

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