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Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources
Blumell, Lincoln and Thomas Wayment, editors

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2015 pp. 778. $89.95


Description: Blumell and Wayment present a thorough compendium of all published papyri, parchments, and patristic sources that relate to Christianity at Oxyrhynchus before the fifth century CE. Christian Oxyrhynchus provides new and expanded editions of Christian literary and documentary texts that include updated readings, English translations––some of which represent the first English translation of a text––and comprehensive notes. The volume features New Testament texts carefully collated against other textual witnesses and a succinct introduction for each Oxyrhynchus text that provides information about the date of the papyrus, its unique characteristics, and textual variants. Documentary texts are grouped both by genre and date, giving readers access to the Decian Libelli, references to Christians in third- and fourth-century texts, and letters written by Christians. A compelling resource for researchers, teachers, and students, Christian Oxyrhynchus enables broad access to these crucial primary documents beyond specialists in papyrology, Greek, Latin, and Coptic.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Greek, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, History of Religions

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Review by Geoffrey S. Smith
Published 12/1/2016
Citation: Geoffrey S. Smith, review of Lincoln Blumell and Thomas Wayment, eds., Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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