Reading and Writing in the Time of Jesus
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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EARLY CHRISTIAN MANUSCRIPTS
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WRITING IN HERODIAN PALESTINE
Ostracon from Masada
Nabataean graffito on a rock face in Petra
Thamudicinscriptions written vertically on a rock in Wadi alLeyyah
A POLYGLOT SOCIETY
Greek deed concerning the sale of a date crop
Inscriptions on an ossuary
Part of a storage jar
Masada tokens or coupons
WHO READ AND WHO WROTE?
View of the synagogue at Gamla destroyed in AD 67
Greek inscription first century AD
Stamps on handles of amphorae
Ossuary inscribed with the name John in Greek
Greek ostracon from the Jewish garrison on Masada
Ossuary inscribed with the name of Shitrat
Hebrew letters and numerals to guide builders
Latin inscription from Caesarea
Roman amphorae found at Masada
Part of an amphora from Masada
Papyrus fragment Vergils Aeneid
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Acts Ancient appear Aramaic authors bearing Bible biblical Cambridge Cave century BC Chapter Christian Church circulated Classical Codex coins collection contain copies Dead Sea Scrolls deeds documents earlier early Egypt evidence example Excavations Figure followed four fragments give Gospels Greek hand Hebrew Herod Herodian History Inscriptions Israel Jerusalem Jesus Jewish John king known language later Latin letters Library lines literary literature living London major manuscripts Mark Masada material Matthew Michigan names notes official Oral origin ossuaries Oxford Palestine papyrus period pieces practice present preserved Qumran rabbinic records reference reports Reveal rolls Roman Rome rule sayings scholars scribes script Scriptures Scrolls second century sources stone Studies synagogue tablets teacher teaching Temple Testament texts third tomb tradition University Press writing written wrote
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.