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Gospels before the Book

Matthew D. C. Larsen

Abstract

What does it mean to read the gospels “before the book”? For centuries, the way people have talked about the gospels has been shaped by ideas that have more to do with the printing press and modern notions of the author than they do with ancient writing and reading practices. Gospels Before the Book challenges several subtle yet problematic assumptions about authors, books, and publication at work in early Christian studies. The author explores a host of underappreciated elements of ancient textual culture, such as unfinished texts, accidental publication, postpublication revision, and multipl ... More

Keywords: gospels, ancient textual culture, unfinishedness, Matthew, Mark, Luke, notes, reader, publication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190848583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190848583.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew D. C. Larsen, author
Dr., Yale University