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Guardians of Letters: Literacy, Power, and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature
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.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 7th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2000)
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Haines-Eitzen asserts that literacy and power are inextricably linked and that the scribes who made the changes to the text during this period were users of the texts and that they exercised power over the texts by making the changes; her book is, essentially, an examination of early scribes and scribal networks. She does not simply look at the texts in order to find the “original” reading, but sees the manuscripts and other sources of evidence as artifacts that deserve to be studied in their ow ...more