Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

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General Editors: David G. HUNTER, University of Kentucky, United States, Paul J.J. van GEEST, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, ideas. Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. The BEEC aims to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and to update the historiography.

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Author(s): Hezser, Catherine
Throughout antiquity, scribes were professional writers of manuscripts and documents (Roberts, 1970; Haines-Eitzen, 2000; Hezser, 2001). Since writing was a technical skill that required special training, it was usually done by professionals who practiced their trade to make a living. In First and Second Temple times, scribes who were experts in writing Torah scrolls were associated with the Temple. The Temple would also have needed administrative scribes trained in writing documents, sales rece…
Date: 2019-03-25


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Author(s): Springer , Carl
Sedulius was a Christian Latin poet who probably lived in the 5th century CE. In a prefatory letter to his patron, Macedonius, he mentions Jerome and the fact that he dedicated literary works to female friends. This gives us a terminus post quem of the late 4th century CE for Sedulius’ Paschale carmen. A subscription preserved in a Bobbio manuscript (Torino: Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, E.IV.42; 7th cent) informs us that Turcius Rufius Apronianus Asterius (Roman consul in 494 CE) produced some sort of an edition of Sedulius’ “holy work” ( sacrum opus). So, the poem must have be…
Date: 2019-03-25
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