“Communal Reading” in Early Christianity

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A forthcoming book by Brian J. Wright, Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus:  A Window into Early Christian Reading Practices, is a solid and valuable contribution to our grasp of how texts functioned in early Christianity.  View the publisher’s advance notice here.  Due out December this year, it’s available for pre-order now.

Wright invited me to write a Foreword for the book, and after reading the manuscript I was entirely happy to do so.  Here’s what I wrote:

This book is an important contribution to our understanding of how texts were handled in early Christian circles and in their larger Roman-era cultural environment.  For a few decades now, both in biblical studies and in classical studies, scholars have explored and debated a variety of questions about the distribution and usage of texts, the level and degrees of Roman-era literacy, the relationship between “orality” and texts, and the factors…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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