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review God's Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ ➳ [Reading] ➶ God's Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts By Brent Nongbri ➩ – In this bold and groundbrPainstaking archival research and detailed studies of the most important collections of early Christian manuscripts Nongbri vividly shows that the earliest Christian books arethan just carriers of texts or samples of handwriting They are three dimensional archaeological artifacts with fascinating stories to tell if were willing to list. Sometimes it has too much detail compared to my needs it's very scholarly; it is obviously NOT a fault just an observation from someone with a PhD in lit but it's relatively easy to skip through the too much for me parts Uniue specialized info from one of the best experts

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The texts contained within the earliest Christian manuscripts there has been a surprising lack of interest in thinking about these books as material objects with individual uniue histories We have too often ignored the ways that the antiuities market obscures our God's Library PDF or knowledge of the origins of these manuscripts Through. I learned a lot about the early copies —often fragmentary— and the difficulties in reading and deciphering them It introduces the many issues with where and when each piece was discovered Most discoverers had incentive to hide or lie about locations It was also interesting that many documents of the era were mundane letters contracts etc

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God's Library The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian ManuscriptsIn this bold and groundbreaking book The Archaeology PDFEPUB #230 Brent Nongbri provides an up to date introduction to the major collections of early Christian manuscripts and demonstrates that much of what we thought we knew about these books and fragments is mistaken While biblical scholars have expended much effort in their study of. Brent Nongbri gives a very nice overview of the processes that lay behind the knowledge of a number of well known new testament manuscripts The book describes the large level of uncertainty around the origins of the different manuscripts It also clearly describes the systematic errors that lay behind the often used dating method based on handwriting paleography For example the list of reference dated manuscripts might have an early bias Further similarity in handwriting only indicates a possible similar age but not a necessarily similar ages There might be other dates that could fit similarly well or better This last issue is clearly indicated by Brent Nongbri as he describes how different paleographical experts arrive at considerably different dates for similar manuscripts He even mentions examples of paleographical experts coming up with considerably different dates when reassessing the same material twice Overall the book indicates clearly the weak basis under current dates and points to the additional value of carbon dating Although carbon dating would still not give complete certainty it would strongly reduce the uncertainty in the dating range A concerning point Brent Nongbri mentions is that the manuscript owners are benefiting from an older dating due to the higher valuation it gives to their manuscripts The risk of carbon dating leading to a firm but younger date for their manuscripts might make them shy away from this step forward