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Bible as Notepad: Tracing Annotations and Annotation Practices in Late Antique and Medieval Biblical Manuscripts
Lied, Liv Ingeborg and Marilena Maniaci, editors

Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018 pp. xii + 156. $137.99

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Manuscripta Biblica

Description: The present volume provides a comparative look at the contents and layout features of secondary annotations in biblical manuscripts across linguistic traditions. Due to the privileged focus on the text in the columns, these annotations and the practices that produced them have not received the scholarly attention they deserve. The vast richness of extant verbal and figurative notes accompanying the biblical texts in the intercolumns and margins of the manuscript pages have thus been largely overlooked. The case studies gathered in this volume explore Jewish and Christian biblical manuscripts through the lens of their annotations, addressing the various relationships between the primary layer of text and the secondary notes, and exploring the roles and functions of annotated manuscripts as cultural artifacts. By approaching biblical manuscripts as potential "notepads", the volume offers theoretical reflection and empirical analyses of the ways in which secondary notes may shed new light on the development and transmission of text traditions, the shifting engagement with biblical manuscripts over time, as well as the change of use and interpretation that may result from the addition of the notes themselves. Contributors include Patrick Andrist, Paola Buzi, Jeff W. Childers, Kipp Davis, Ted M. Erho, Daniel K. Falk, Liv Ingebord Lied, Marilena Maniaci, Adam Carter Bremer-McCollum, Nurit Pasternak, and Loren T. Stuckenbruck.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Reception History

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Review by W. Andrew Smith
Published 1/16/2020
Citation: W. Andrew Smith, review of Liv Ingeborg Lied and Marilena Maniaci, eds., Bible as Notepad: Tracing Annotations and Annotation Practices in Late Antique and Medieval Biblical Manuscripts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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