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Early Christian Books in Egypt
Bagnall, Roger S.

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009 pp. xiii + 109. $29.95


Description: For the past hundred years, much has been written about the early editions of Christian texts discovered in the region that was once Roman Egypt. Scholars have cited these papyrus manuscripts--containing the Bible and other Christian works--as evidence of Christianity's presence in that historic area during the first three centuries AD. In Early Christian Books in Egypt, distinguished papyrologist Roger Bagnall shows that a great deal of this discussion and scholarship has been misdirected, biased, and at odds with the realities of the ancient world. Providing a detailed picture of the social, economic, and intellectual climate in which these manuscripts were written and circulated, he reveals that the number of Christian books from this period is likely fewer than previously believed.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature


Review by Stephan Witetschek
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Published 6/14/2011
Citation: Stephan Witetschek, review of Roger S. Bagnall, Early Christian Books in Egypt, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Allen Kerkeslager
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Published 10/7/2011
Citation: Allen Kerkeslager, review of Roger S. Bagnall, Early Christian Books in Egypt, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Larry W. Hurtado
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Published 2/13/2012
Citation: Larry W. Hurtado, review of Roger S. Bagnall, Early Christian Books in Egypt, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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