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The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins
Larry W. Hurtado

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Format: Paperback, 248pp.
ISBN: 9780802828958
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pub. Date: October 30, 2006

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Much attention has been paid to the words of the earliest Christian texts, yet Larry Hurtado argues that an even more telling story is being overlooked — that of the physical texts themselves. Well known for his nimble scholarship, Hurtado combines his comprehensive knowledge of Christian origins with an archivist’s eye to make sense of these earliest objects of the faith.

Hurtado introduces readers to the staurogram, possibly the first representation of the cross, the nomina sacra, a textual abbreviation system, and the puzzling early Christian preference for book-like texts over scrolls. Intended for intellectually engaged readers as well as New Testament scholars and students, The Earliest Christian Artifacts introduces the distinctive features of early Christian manuscripts, illustrating their relevance for wider inquiry into the ancient history of Christianity.



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Larry W. Hurtado is professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  1. The Texts
  2. The Early Christian Preference for the Codex
  3. The Nomina Sacra
  4. The Staurogram
  5. Other Scribal Features
  6. Concluding Remarks


    APPENDIX 1: Christian Literary Texts in Manuscripts of the Second and Third Centuries

    APPENDIX 2: Photographic Plates of Selected Manuscripts



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