Reading and Writing in the Time of Jesus

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A&C Black, Apr 1, 2005 - Religion - 288 pages
Jesus never wrote a book. Most scholars assume that information about Jesus was preserved only orally up until the writing of the Gospels, allowing ample time for the stories of Jesus to grow and diversify. Alan Millard here argues that written reports about Jesus could have been made during his lifetime and that some among his audiences and followers may very well have kept notes, first-hand documents that the Evangelists could weave into their narratives.

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Contents

Chapter 2
20
EARLY CHRISTIAN MANUSCRIPTS
42
PAGE VERSUS ROLL
61
WRITING IN HERODIAN PALESTINE
84
Ostracon from Masada
97
Nabataean graffito on a rock face in Petra
101
Thamudicinscriptions written vertically on a rock in Wadi alLeyyah
102
Stone weight
109
A POLYGLOT SOCIETY
132
Greek deed concerning the sale of a date crop
133
Inscriptions on an ossuary
135
Part of a storage jar
137
Masada tokens or coupons
139
WHO READ AND WHO WROTE?
154
Chapter 6
155
View of the synagogue at Gamla destroyed in AD 67
160

Greek inscription first century AD
111
Stamps on handles of amphorae
112
Ossuary inscribed with the name John in Greek
114
Greek ostracon from the Jewish garrison on Masada
116
Ossuary inscribed with the name of Shitrat
118
Hebrew letters and numerals to guide builders
122
Latin inscription from Caesarea
127
Roman amphorae found at Masada
129
Part of an amphora from Masada
130
Papyrus fragment Vergils Aeneid
131
Wooden tablets containing old records
173
Beth Maskhu deed with signatures of witnesses
177
ORAL TRADITION OR WRITTEN REPORTS?
185
Chapter 7
189
Wooden writing tablet
207
WRITING AND THE GOSPELS
210
Bibliography
230
Index of References
254
Index of Foreign Words
280
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Page 249 - FAC-SIMILES OF CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW, AND OF THE EPISTLES OF ST. JAMES AND ST. JUDE, Written on Papyrus in the First Century, and preserved in the Egyptian Museum of Joseph Mayer, Esq., Liverpool ; with a Portrait of St.
Page 234 - HM Cotton, WEH Cockle and FGB Millar, 'The Papyrology of the Roman Near East: A Survey', JRS 85 [1995], pp.

About the author (2005)

Allan Millard is Rankin Professor of Hebrew and Ancient Semitic Languages, School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental Studies, University of Liverpool.

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