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Godís Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts
Nongbri, Brent

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018 pp. xii + 403. $35.00

Description: n this bold and groundbreaking book, Brent Nongbri provides an up-to-date introduction to the major collections of early Christian manuscripts and demonstrates that much of what we thought we knew about these books and fragments is mistaken. While biblical scholars have expended much effort in their study of the texts contained within our earliest Christian manuscripts, there has been a surprising lack of interest in thinking about these books as material objects with individual, unique histories. We have too often ignored the ways that the antiquities market obscures our knowledge of the origins of these manuscripts. Through painstaking archival research and detailed studies of our most important collections of early Christian manuscripts, Nongbri vividly shows how the earliest Christian books are more than just carriers of texts or samples of handwriting. They are three-dimensional archaeological artifacts with fascinating stories to tell, if weíre willing to listen.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Archaeology, Reception History

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Review by Roberta Mazza
Published 7/16/2020
Citation: Roberta Mazza, review of Brent Nongbri, Godís Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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